Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Special to The Mountain Advocate

Sheriff Mike Smith would like to remind everyone to have a happy but safe Halloween this year. Trick or Treat nights have been designated Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 until 7:00 PM as Fright Night and inside the Barbourville City and on Saturday October 31 from 5:30 until 7:00PM in Knox County.

Sheriff Smith would also like to provide the following tips as a reminder of how to keep Trick or Treaters safe:

  • Decorate Costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers
  • Costumes should consist of light colors
  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vison, use face paint and make-up whenever possible
  • Costumes should be the right size to prevent trips and falls
  • Carry flashlights or glow sticks
  • Cross the street at corners
  • Look left and right and left again before crossing the street
  • Do not use electronic media devise, keep heads up and walk, don’t run
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing-up

Parents can also add to the safety of their children by:

  • Providing adult supervision during trick or treating
  • Do not allow kids to accept treats that are not commercially wrapped
  • Do not allow kids to eat any treats, until they have been inspected

Drivers should also help keep kids safe by:

  • Slow down and be alert in residential areas
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and near the road
  • .Eliminate any distractions inside the car
  • Concentrate on the road and your surroundings
  • Expect kids to do the unexpected

Sheriff Smith says that probably the two most important tips to ensure a safe Halloween is for parents to accompany their children while they are trick or treating and for drivers to expect the unexpected.