Be safe on Halloween
October 24, 2012
is a night of spine-tingling fun, with little
ghouls and goblins, princesses and super heroes,
hobos and characters of every stripe traipsing
house to house on city streets and county roads.
It's a night to be cautious, as well, lest the
terror become real.
Members of Boundary Volunteer Ambulance and
North Bench Fire are teaming up Halloween night
to pass out free glow sticks to help the little
monsters be better seen, along with candy and
loads of treats, plus some sage advice to avoid
the tricks that could await the unwary.
Before you get the goodies, though, they'd also
like to impart a few tips to help you and your
little spooks safe as you set out to reap the
Make sure that your children's costumes don't
impede the child's eyesight or hinder their
ability to walk. When you go out, carry
flashlights or glow sticks, not so much to see
but to be seen. If children set out in groups,
make sure they stay together.
Any trick-or-treaters age 12 or younger should
be accompanied by a responsible adult, and
parents should check the candy and treats before
the child partakes.
Before going out, go over the dos and don'ts you
expect them to pay mind to, including "don't
pick candy up off the streets" and "don't take
candy from people on the streets." Be sure to
dress the kids so they'll be warm enough for a
cold North Idaho fall evening.
If you're not with them, always know where your
children will be trick or treating, and make
sure that everyone knows that if you see or hear
anything suspicious, you're going to get to the
nearest safe place and call 911 for help.
Now, if you're one of the older of the trick or
treaters and you're going to be enjoying some of
the Halloween parties that are going on, by all
means have fun, but please party responsibly
don't drink and drive, don't text and drive,
don't drive while chatting on a cell phone ...
in a county as Rural as Boundary County, you
never know where you might see little ghosts and
goblins on the road. If you're going too be
imbibing in the liquid spirits, have a
The little spooks should have lights or
reflective material on their costumes to make
them easy to spot, but the final and ultimate
responsibility rests with the driver; there
should be nothing to distract the driver that
might take their eye off the road for the split
second it takes for fun to turn to tragedy.
When you go out trick or treating next Wednesday
night, you and your whole family are invited to
make one of your first stops the lot behind the
Boundary County Extension Office, where members
of Boundary Volunteer Ambulance and North Bench
Fire are going to be set up.
EMTs and firefighters will be out from 4:30 to
8:30 p.m. giving out free glow sticks, and
they'll have lots of goodies to toss into
Halloween bags and buckets to get the night
started out right. They'll also be able to look
over all the kids' costumes and do little nips
and tucks to ensure that your children have the
safe and fun evening that Halloween is supposed
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