People throughout the United States enjoy celebrating the popular holiday known as Halloween. Kids love darting door to door receiving candy as colorful as their costumes. During the excitement, does anyone look at the dangers of this night?
Driving on Halloween night.
When driving on Halloween night, stay away from cul-de-sacs and other areas where many children will be running around not paying attention to the road.
Keep driving even safer by not wearing costumes that restrict visibility while driving such as a mask. Some shoes are harder to drive in than others. For females, especially, do not wear stilettos while driving.
Beware of strangers.
According to the sheriff’s office, approximately 32 registered sex offenders are in Walla Walla County. “Halloween provides a perfect opportunity for one of them to become acquainted with you,” Detective Cristal Harris said.
Sex offenders can be problems in and around haunted houses. No one knows how long the line might be or who else will be in line at the same time. A sex offender or a kidnapper could be in the same line and no one would notice.
The Haunted Hospital, at Whitman’s north hall between Clinton and Valencia, put on by Whitman students is a haunted house in town. Beware of strangers wherever you are.
At parties, be cautious, especially if the owner of the house is unknown. Know what is right and wrong.
Trick-or-treating with younger siblings.
If trick-or-treating with a brother, sister or children on Halloween night, flashlights are a necessity to ensure safety from steep stairs.
For younger siblings, Trunk-o-Treat sponsored by Key Club with approximately 15 clubs participating will also occur Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the science parking lot.
Potentially safe areas this weekend.
The annual drama department’s Halloween Social will occur in the auditorium Oct. 30. This event will provide a safe, environment on Halloween.
The YMCA is having a Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Students can find their way out of the corn maze on Oct. 28, 31 from dark till 10 p.m. and Oct. 29-30 from dark till 11 p.m.
No matter what fun activity on Halloween night, be aware of the dangers and possibilities that could happen and be safe.