Tips to Trick-or-Treat safely this Halloween

The City of Natchitoches will have neighborhood trick-or-treating for Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.  The Natchitoches Police Department would like to encourage parents and children to follow these safety tips while enjoying trick-or-treating.

Only trick-or-treat during the observed hours of 5-8 p.m.
Children should trick-or-treat in groups or with a responsible adult.
Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
Children should always use the sidewalk, not the street for walking and should look in all directions before crossing the street.  If walking on the street is necessary, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
Parents should know what route their children will be taking.
Only approach a home with the porch light lit.
Children should never accept rides from strangers.
Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.

Additional officers will patrol neighborhoods so everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween this upcoming Monday.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. All information given shall remain confidential.  

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

Report tips anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on a smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388.  All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.