With Halloween celebrations fast approaching, the Lewiston Police Department offers the following tips to parents so they can be on the lookout for their children, who will hit neighborhood streets trick-or-treating in the northern Niagara community on Thursday, Oct. 31.
"The Lewiston Police Department would like your children to have a fantastic and safe evening of trick-or-treating this Halloween," says LPD Chief Chris Salada. "It is our sincere pleasure to assist you in this, by offering some tips on how to keep our children safe while they are out looking for treats."
•Never trick or treat alone. Walk around with your parents or with a group of friends.
•When off without your parents, let them know your exact route and when you will be back.
•Inspect your treats thoroughly and throw away anything that looks opened or tampered with.
•Never approach or enter a house that is dark or not familiar to you.
•Try to use sidewalks, where possible.
•Use caution and look both ways before crossing the roadway.
•Carry a flashlight and wear a reflective costume, if possible.
Salada advises the Lewiston Police Department will have extra officers patrolling the streets this Halloween.
"Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns, prior to, during or after this Halloween event," he says. "Our weekday phone is 754-8477; after-hours, 438-3394; and for an emergency, call 911."
Halloween trick or treat hours in the village and town of Lewiston are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. For the Village of Youngstown and Town of Porter, trick or treat hours will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.