The Suffolk County Red Cross visited Smithtown Elementary School on Friday to share tips for a safe Halloween in Smithtown. Take a look at these Red Cross "Lucky 13" rhyming reminders before heading out to trick-or-treat this Sunday.
1. Map out the route that you plan to roam so that adults are assured you find your way home.
2. From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights everyone should remember to bring their flashlights.
3. If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door but don't go inside.
4. When you get ready to put on your disguise use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.
5. Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark.
6. Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.
7. As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street.
8. Wigs, caps and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire.
9. Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn't a safety gamble.
10. You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars.
11. Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn and only visit homes with their porch lights on.
12. You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
13. Have a grown-up inspect your candy when you're done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating.
Additionally, the Suffolk County Police Department Fourth Precinct advises that costumes should be light colored and that trick-or-treating is best reserved for the daylight hours. Children are advised not to enter stranger's homes and parents are encouraged to inspect all candy.
The police also report that all criminal mischief and vandalism offenses will be taken seriously. They advise residents to report all unusual or suspicious activity to (631)852-COPS (2677).