Halloween falls on a Sunday this year but Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley has encouraged local residents to celebrate “All Hallow’s Eve” on Saturday night instead.


Halloween falls on a Sunday this year but Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley has encouraged local residents to celebrate “All Hallow’s Eve” on Saturday night in stead.
As usual trick-or-treaters need to take extra precautions because Saturday is one of the busiest nights of the week. With this in mind the Helena-West Helena Police Department offers some safety tips to help keep our small citizens safe. According to police, the first thing that will make Halloween safer is to setting an early time frame for the little ghouls and goblins.  Police say the safest time period is between 6 and 8 p.m.

Some safety tips for children to remember include:
•Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
•Look both ways before crossing streets.
•Cross streets only at corners.
•Don't cross streets between parked cars.
•Plan your route, tell your parents and have an adult go with you.
•Carry a flashlight to light your way.
•Visit only homes that have the porch light on.
•Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
•Be very cautious of animals and strangers.
•Keep away from open fires and burning candles.
•Do not eat candy if the package had already been opened.
•Have a grown up inspect your treats before eating them.
•Respect your neighbors' property. Don't cut across lawns or yards. Lawns and yards also may have unseen hazards
•Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
•Remember to Dial 911 in the event of any police, fire or medical emergency.

Points for parents
 to remember include:
•An adult should accompany young children of any age.
•Most injuries to children on Halloween are the results of falls, burns and motor vehicle accidents.
•Face paint is safer than loose fitting masks, which can block vision. Masks if used, should fit securely and have wide-enough eyeholes.
•Have a session with youngsters about traffic safety. Stop at corners, look both ways, cross only at intersections and never dart out between parked cars.
•Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.
•For fire safety, avoid flimsy, baggy or billowing garments.
•Light-colored costumes are more visible at night. Strips of reflective tape will help.
•Secure hats so they don't slip over children's eyes.
•Knives, swords and other props should be soft and flexible, in case of a fall.
•Make sure someone in the group carries a flashlight, to see and be seen.
•Yards and lawns have hidden hazards at night (hoses, tools, lawn ornaments, clothes lines).
•Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring treats home for inspection, before eating.
•Make your child eat  dinner before setting-out.
•Children should carry quarters or a cell phone so they can call home.
•Set a reasonable time for children to return home.

Tips for motorists to remember include:
•Obeying the speed limits.
•Watching for children walking along the road who may run into the street.
If you are going to a party, please remember to designate a sober driver.
To make sure that the community has a safe and happy Halloween, the Helena-West Helena Police Department will increase the number of patrol officers on the streets for this weekend.
Major Ronald Scott of the Helena-West Helena Police Department said the department wishes each and everyone a safe and fun Halloween. However if they encounter any problems call the police department at 572-3441 and in the event of an emergency call 911.