MADISON, W.Va – In less than a week, it will be Halloween and there will be little ghosts and goblins filling the streets of our communities going door to door for trick-or-treat.
Making sure they are safe while having fun is top priority for law enforcement.
Madison Chief of Police Chet Burgess said, “Young children should not go trick-or-treating alone. They should go with a parent or guardian. “
According to Burgess, motorists should stay parked as much as possible.
Burgess said, “Our whole department will be out and we will station people in each area of the city.”
“Some areas get 800 to 900 people,” said Burgess
Burgess said, “The town practically turns into a parking lot.”
The National Safety Council website states, “Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.”
“Halloween has always been my favorite holiday,” said Burgess.
Halloween is not just about mom, dad and the kids anymore. A lot of people will be taking their pets trick-or-treating with them.
Therefore, pet safety on Halloween is something pet owners need to think about.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), several Halloween treats can be toxic to our pets.
ASPCA website says, “Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours.”
Boone County’s Trick-or-Treat will be Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]