As Halloween draws closer, the Norman Police Department (NPD) would like to remind residents to consider the following safety tips during fall festivities, especially those who plan on trick-or-treating or who will be out Halloween night.
- Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood. Plan a trick-or-treating route in a familiar, well-lit area
- Ensure trick-or- treaters are accompanied by an adult and walk in groups
- Make sure children and accompanying adults wear bright, easily visible costumes and clothing and carry a flashlight or some other alternative lighting source
- Never go into a stranger’s home or accept a ride from someone you don’t know
- Walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury
- Always cross the street at a corner or an intersection using traffic signals and crosswalks, and remember to look both ways before entering the roadway
- Drive slowly, eliminate distractions and remain attentive in neighborhoods. Many young children are out for the evening, especially during the peak hours of 5:30 to 7 p.m.
- Use EXTREME CAUTION when driving in areas where street lighting is poor or in case of inclement weather
- Enter and exit driveways carefully as children are quickly moving through these areas
- Utilize a designated driver if you plan to attend a Halloween party where alcohol will be served
In addition to traditional Halloween safety precautions, we also encourage individuals taking part in trick-or-treating to wear a face covering, maintain proper social distancing from others who do not live with you, and wash your hands before and after trick-or-treating. Those handing out candy are also advised to avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters by giving out treats outdoors, individually bagging treats for children to take, wearing a mask, and washing hands before handling all treats.
As always, if you witness any safety concerns or suspicious behavior, contact the NPD using 911 or our non-emergency line 405-321-1444.