Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween came to Holt Sunday. There were costumes. There was trick-or-treating. But the sponsoring Lions Club says many of the dangers that come with the holiday were missing.
"You'd be much more comfortable doing this than maybe walking down a street at night in the dark with people you maybe don't know," said Jim Oudsema, a member of the Holt Lions Club. "It's a much more comfortable situation for the parents. To be able to bring the little ones out and show off their costumes."
Hundreds showed up to Veterans Memorial Park in Holt for a costume contest and to collect candy from trusted local businesses.
"Safety during Halloween is more important because we have a tendency to be out in the dark in the streets with busy cars and there's a lot more people out," said Jeff Butcher of the Delhi Township Fire Department. "So those three factors make Halloween a pretty dangerous time."
Butcher says the safest thing to do is dress kids in bright costumes or arm them with glo-sticks if need be. Trick-or-treating in familiar areas, sticking together and inspecting candy before consumption help too.
The Delhi Township Fire Department will be handing out glo-sticks Halloween Eve. The Lansing Police Department is offering free reflective candy bags at both its precincts while supplies last.