HALLOWEEN SAFETY: Beggar’s Night Safety Tips

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The City of Ames wants to remind all trick or treaters to be on the watch for ghosts, goblins, witches and other creatures on Beggar’s Night. 

Here are a few tips to being safe on Beggar’s night:

For Children:
        Travel with a parent/guardian or a responsible adult
        Travel only in familiar areas
        Inspect treats at home before eating them
        Use flashlights or glow sticks while walking after dark
        Remove masks and other vision obstructions prior to crossing roadways
        Ensure costume accessories, such as swords are soft and flexible

For Drivers:
        Slow down in residential areas
        Obey all traffic signs and signals
        Pay extra attention at crosswalks and intersections
        Pick a safe location and turn on hazard lights when picking up/dropping off children
        Consider turning on the vehicle’s headlights prior to dusk

For Everyone:
        Talk openly about safety and the expectations for the night
        Carry a cell phone if possible  
        Never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle
        Don’t trick or treat alone
        Remove all hazards from steps, porches, and sidewalks
        Keep candles away from combustible materials
        Report any suspicious behavior to the local police department

The Ames Trick or Treat is set for Wednesday, October 31st from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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