MEDFORD, Ore. — Halloween is a big night for kids who are anxiously waiting to try on their fun costumes, but for parents it can sometimes turn into a nightmare.
Medford Police say kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than any other night…and teenagers who are out without a curfew sometimes get into mischief. At the Rogue Valley Mall, the Carnival Nightmare is a “kid-friendly” haunted house – a good indoor trick-or-treating alternative.
Safety on Halloween is a big concern for parents who have young children and teenagers. Medford Police say it’s a night when many teens are left on their own, sometimes without a curfew, which can lead to accidents.
“Trust your child, but also keep tabs of them and keep track of them, and make sure they’re checking in by phone. And not being somewhere they’re not and doing things they shouldn’t be,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children says older kids who want to go out alone should go in groups and parents who want to take their younger kids trick or treating outdoors should make sure the kids know their parent’s cell phone numbers, and know how to call 9-1-1.