Neighborhood Watch – Halloween Safety Tips

The Estates of Forest Creek (EFC) has once more been blessed with peace and quiet over the last several months. Our neighborhood is virtually crime free.  Plano, as a whole, remains a safe and nurturing community – a great place to work and raise a family!halloween - night-scene

With Halloween just around the corner, the following are some safety tips from the Center for Disease Control to help our neighborhood children have a fun, safe night:

S – Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

A – Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

L – Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vison, trips or falls.

E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

E – Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout our EFC neighborhood, which is traditionally a convenient, safe and active area to leisurely stroll through.

Looking for a great additional place nearby to trick-or-treat with your kids?  Don’t forget Langley off of Marchman in nearby Wiffletree close to Mathews Elementary School.  Each year, this is the closest “hot spot” for the kids to quickly get the most goodies and kids & adults alike to see the most decorated homes and entertaining sights, sounds, lights and costumes in a consolidated 2-3 block span of homes just adjacent to our EFC neighborhood. Langley is blocked off from all auto traffic by the City of Plano Police for this annual event.

Happy Halloween!

Jeanne Gary, Neighborhood & Crime Watch Director