Safe trick or treating: Bossier City Police offer tips

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The Bossier City Police Department advises children and parents to keep safety in mind while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night Thursday, October 31, 2019. Police Chief Shane McWilliams is urging motorists to be particularly watchful of Trick-or-Treaters that evening as they go door-to-door throughout neighborhoods.

The police department also encourages parents to take advantage of organized, supervised Halloween events for their children and asks them to end door-to-door Trick-or-Treating by 8 p.m. as a courtesy to residents.

The Bossier City Police Department is offering the following safety tips to parents whose children will be out Trick-or-Treating:

Never allow children to trick-or-treat without responsible adult supervision.

  • Always stay in groups.
  • Keep costumes simple. Avoid costumes that may block vision or cause children to trip and fall. 
  • Use sidewalks and stay out of the street whenever possible.
  • Wear reflective clothing or bright costumes.
  • Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Don’t allow children to eat treats until a responsible grownup examines them. 
  • Call police if any suspicious activity occurs.
  • Residents are urged to hand out only manufactured, sealed candy.