With several calls over the last two months about unidentified men following and South Pasadena Police is reminding parents to make sure their children don't trick-or-treat alone.
The department sent out the following list of Halloween safety tips:
• Keep costumes short to prevent falls. • Don’t trick-or-treat alone! Go with family or friends. • Never talk to, or get into a car with a stranger. • Never enter a home to get treats. • Go trick-or-treating in neighborhoods you know. • Know where the nearest “Emergency Call Boxes” are at. These are easily identifiable by their blue light at the top of a red pole. These emergency phones connect directly to the police department and located a certain intersections throughout the city.
• Be sure masks don’t impair your vision or hearing.
• At night, carry a flashlight and stay in well-lit areas.
• Obey all traffic laws, cross streets at crosswalks and don’t “jay walk”.
• Have your parents inspect all treats before eating any. • Respect other people’s property, remember vandalism is a crime!
• Apply reflective tape, or bright colors to costumes so your child can be easily seen at night.
• Map out an area where your children will be trick-or-treating and consider having a “safe house” (this can be a friend’s house or a store), should children need a place to rest or go to in case of an emergency.
• Never allow your children to trick-or-treat alone and know who your children will be trick-or-treating with.
• Set a time limit for your children to be trick-or-treating.
• An adult should accompany small children.
• Provide your child a cell phone in case of emergencies.
• While driving, remember to drive slowly ad watch for children, especially at intersections.
• Inspect all treats before allowing your children to eat them.