Marshall Police Dept. issue safety tips for halloween

With Halloween approaching, the Marshall Police Department would like to inform the public that we will have extra police units on patrol to ensure both children and adults enjoy a fun and safe weekend. Those who wish to participate in the Fall Festival and trick-or-treating are strongly urged to obey all city ordinances and respect the property of local businesses. Most businesses do not allow masks of any kind to be worn inside and keep in mind that “clowning around” will not be tolerated.

“We want our residents to have a pleasurable Halloween and to help with that, we will have extra officers patrolling the area to ensure a safe holiday,” said Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa. “Our officers will not only be keeping an eye on the City of Marshall this weekend, but extra units will be deployed Monday, October 31 during the annual Fall Festival.”

Please review the Halloween safety tips below:

Walk Safely

– Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

– Young children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

– Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive with Extra Caution on Halloween

– Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Eliminate any
distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic.

While the City of Marshall does not have specific times for trick-or-treating, the most popular times are between 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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