Children will be trick or treating door-to-door from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Zachary on Halloween day this year.
To help keep the area's little ghouls and goblins safe, Zachary officials have issued the following tips:
- A parent or responsible adult should accompany children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If older children are going alone, plan and review a route that is acceptable. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Youth must only visit homes with a porch light on, and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind your trick-or-treaters to stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Remember to put reflective tape on costumes and trick-or-treat bags so your trick-or-treaters can be seen at night by motorists.
- Adults and children should carry a cellphone for quick communication if necessary.
- Make sure your child knows his or her address in case he or she gets separated from the group.
- Trick-or-treaters should remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys, and never cross between parked cars.
- Don’t assume the right-of-way. Motorists may have trouble seeing little trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately should a problem arise.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with a flame.