Police Offer Tips for Halloween Safety
COLUMBIA - Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, trick or treating and lots of sweets. But it is also one of the most dangerous times of the year for pedestrians. According to the Centers for Disease Control, kids are four times more likely to get hit by a car on Halloween then any other day of the year.
The Columbia Police Department wants everyone to be extra careful this year to ensure a good time. Officer Latisha Stroer said trick-or-treaters should travel in groups and, regardless of their age, should have at least one guardian with them.
Stroer also said this year it is important for kids and parents to dress for the weather and carry flashlights with extra batteries. She also said people who will be driving need to slow down and watch out for kids as they back out of driveways and parking spots.
Michelle Froese is co-owner of Gotcha, a costume rental shop in downtown Columbia. She suggests kids stick to half masks instead of full masks on Halloween because they feature larger eye holes and provide better peripheral vision. She also suggested trick-or-treaters put reflective tape somewhere on their costumes or shoes.
Click here to see CPD's full guidelines for a safe Halloween.