School Resource Officer Richard Ross published a message to Wilton parents on the Police Department website:

As the Halloween season approaches I would like to remind parents and children of certain safety measures they should exercise as they send out the costumed trick-or-treaters. Parents please take the time to remind your children of these pre-cautions.

Of the 165 miles of twisting roadways in town, children can become excited and careless as they walk from house to house. Always walk facing traffic and stay to the side of the roadway. Avoid costumes that allow poor visibility and choose your trick or treat course accordingly.

Costumes should not be bulky or loose fitting, avoid unsafe shoes, masks which reduce vision, and sharp pointed toys. Wear something on the costume that is light in color or reflective. Even glow sticks are a good source of visibility.

Children should have a parent inspect all treats collected to make sure that they have not been tampered with. Treats should be in original manufacturer sealed wrappers. If you have reason to believe that a treat has been tampered with and made unsafe for consumption you can contact the local police to assist you. The police department has the ability to contact the Food and Drug Administration to determine if the questionable treat is unsafe or possibly just a manufacture error.

Know your child’s route for the evening. Where will they be? Who are they with? What supervision will be present? What time will they be home? Know what type of costume they will be wearing. This information is important should you need to summon the police to assist in locating an overdue person.

Parents of high school aged youths should keep in mind that some youths use Halloween as a time for mischief or vandalism. It is not uncommon that parents receive phone calls from the police requesting them to come to the police department to claim their child after they have been picked up by the police for a violation of law.

Trick-or-treaters are not the only ones to be reminded of safety measures. Residents should keep walkways clear and use plenty of illumination. This will help avoid the risk of injury and may also assist you in preventing any acts of vandalism on your property. Motorists need to use extra caution when driving along the roadways. Remember that children are out walking around and at times it may be difficult to see them. Let’s all use a little extra caution and make this Halloween season a safe and entertaining one.