Senate District 14
Joe Uecker
Ensuring A Safe And Memorable Trick-Or-Treat Night
A Guest Column by State Senator Joe Uecker
October 27, 2016

Trick-or-treat is a fun time for kids to get outdoors, enjoy some tasty treats and wear spooky costumes alongside their friends and family. As families take to the streets for an evening of tricking and treating, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure a safe, exciting and memorable occasion. 

The earlier sunset this time of the year presents additional dangers for trick-or-treaters, especially in communities with limited access to sidewalks. In these areas, it is important that motorists exercise extreme caution, watching for children who may run between parked cars, bushes and shrubs. If you plan to be on the roadway during any Halloween festivities, please slow down, keep your eyes on the road and avoid any distractions that may inhibit your driving ability.

Here are a few helpful tips to share with your young ghosts and goblins before they embark on their haunted adventures during Trick-or-Treat night this year:

  1. Wear visible costumes with either reflective options, reflective tape on the bag, and/or a flashlight.

  2. Stay on the sidewalks and cross only where marked and appropriate.  Use well-lit streets. If there is no side walk and you must walk on the road, walk facing traffic /into the flow of traffic to improve your visibility.

  3. Only approach well lit houses. Never enter a house unless it is someone trusted and known.

  4. Children under the age of 12 years should be accompanied by an adult.

  5. Make a plan with your child if you become lost or separated. Where to go, where to meet, who to contact. Now is a good time to teach your child about 9-1-1 (or other local emergency number if applicable) and also to remind them that police officers can help them should they become lost.

  6. Remind your children to not eat anything until you have had a chance to inspect it.

  7. This is also a good time to practice good manners; saying please and thank you, walking politely on the sidewalk and not walking into people’s yards, taking only one piece and not being greedy, and of course sharing – with younger or older siblings and parents too!

  8. This is a good time to remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Some dentist offices offer to exchange the candy obtained as well.

Best of luck on your trick-or-treat adventures this year! If I can ever be of assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (614) 466-8082 or by e-mail at

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