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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sen. Dan Brown Weekly Column: Halloween Safety

  • It won’t be long until the streets will be filled with all manner of ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses.
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  • It won’t be long until the streets will be filled with all manner of ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses.
    Although Halloween, or “All-Hallows’ Eve,” has been celebrated in other parts of the world since the 14th century, Halloween has been a time-honored tradition in this country since the early 1900s.
    Today, Halloween is as much about safety as it is about getting a bag filled with treats. With that in mind, there are some guidelines one should observe before allowing the little ones to step into the dark in full costume: Never Trick-or-Treat alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
    Carry a flashlight with you. This will help you see and be seen.
    Walk, don’t run, from house to house.
    Many newer costumes have built-in reflective surfaces for safety. If your costume is older or homemade, you may purchase reflective strips to help you stand out to drivers and other festive revelers.
    Avoid homemade treats made by strangers. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Examine every treat carefully for signs of tampering.
    Avoid homes that are dark or seem to be not participating in the celebration, and never enter a stranger’s home without a trusted adult.
    Always feel free to contact me throughout the year with any comments, questions, or issues by calling my office at (573) 751-5713 or by visiting www.senate.mo.gov/brown.
    Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.
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