If you’re taking your little ghouls, pumpkins and princesses out tonight for some trick-or-treating, the Puyallup Police Department offers these safety tips:
* Children should always go trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If your kids are old enough to go out without an adult, let them know that they should stay together as a group.
* Plan a safe route so you know where older kids will be at all times and set a curfew time to return home. The City of Puyallup does not have set curfew times for trick-or-treating.
* Let your child know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Stay in populated areas.
* Always remember to look both ways before crossing a street. It gets dark early this time of year and drivers may not see you.
* Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to drivers.
* Instruct your children to not eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
The department offers these tips for drivers who might be on the road during prime trick-or-treating hours:
* Don’t use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving, you shouldn’t be doing this anyway.
* Pay extra attention particularly to crosswalks, intersections, and the side of the road. Kids may walk along the side of the road, cutting across the street to get to other homes.
* Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas to allow time to break if you see a child dart in front of you.
* If you are dropping off or picking up kids, pull off the road into a safe spot and turn your hazard lights on to alert other motorists.