With little ghosts and goblins eagerly awaiting the arrival of Halloween, Claremore Police Department is advising extra safety to ensure the holiday is a treat.
Police Chief Stan Brown has safety tips for those walking, driving and selecting costumes.
Brown says to keep costumes safe and creative.
"When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is non-toxic and always test in a small area first," he said. "Always decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors."
He suggests having trick-or-treaters carry glow sticks or flashlight to help them be visible to drivers.
"When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls," he said.
Candy-crazed kids filling the streets pose a safety hazard for both the kids and drivers.
"Walk safely," he said. "That means cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and cross walks. Always look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross."
He advises adults teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
"Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings," he said. "Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars."
Brown said drivers should slow down and be especially alert in residential areas.
"Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways," he said, adding that drivers should take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
He suggests entering and exiting driveways slowly and carefully.
As with any driver, he suggests eliminating any distractions inside the vehicle so they can better concentrate on the road and surroundings.
"Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances," he said. "Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours."
Lastly, Brown suggests that children under the age of 12 trick-or-treat with an adult.