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Our View: Safety first on Halloween

Halloween brings a fun and festive atmosphere to Craig, with downtown businesses stocking up on candy while various community groups prepare haunted houses and other spooky events.

Costumes, candy and decorations fill the ghostly holiday with great entertainment and amusement. Yet, we must not forget that safety comes first.

Each year, businesses along Yampa Avenue pass out hundreds of dollars worth of candy, bringing smiles to the faces of our community's youth. It's easy with all the hustle and bustle of running from one store to the next to forget how to properly and safely cross the streets.

Although Yampa Avenue turns into candy land from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, it's important to remember that Yampa is also a busy highway, taking traffic — including big semi trucks — in and out of our community.

That means we all need to be good patrons of where we cross the street. It's extremely important for parents and adults to set an example for the kids by crossing the streets at crosswalks. After all, the kids will be concerned with the candy and not the trucks, so let's make sure we guide them to do the right thing.

The same goes for drivers: If you're driving the streets of Craig on Halloween, please be aware of all the kids that are out and about.

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Halloween is on a Friday this year, and it's also one day before the third hunting season starts, meaning our city will be bustling with more than just trick-or-treaters. Please keep your eye on the road, put down the cell phones and pay attention to traffic laws.

Because the holiday falls on Friday, it's very important for trick-or-treaters to remain respectful of neighborhoods as they go to and from houses searching for candy. It's not OK to knock on doors until midnight. If a light is out, don't knock.

Also, be sure and make yourself visible after dark by wearing some sort of glow stick. Many of Craig's neighborhoods don't have streetlights, making it difficult for drivers to see kids. Properly prep your child in well-lit gear so that they're visible to the passersby.

Halloween is a great social holiday for adults, too. If you're staying out late this Halloween, make sure you know where your kids are and that they're safe. And, of course, don't drink and drive — it's dangerous and expensive. Instead, call a sober friend, have a designated driver or call a cab.

Another important safety tip that often gets overlooked is to keep your sidewalk and doorsteps clear of debris so that kids in long costumes don't trip over themselves.

Lastly, if your child has a food allergy to peanuts or other food products, make sure they inform their friends' parents to avoid health issues.

Most of all, enjoy the day. It's a huge undertaking for our churches and local businesses — both in downtown Craig and at Centennial Mall — to offer trick-or-treating. Have fun and be safe.

Editorial board:

Renee Campbell — newspaper representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley — newspaper representative

Sheli Steele — newspaper representative

Shannon Moore — community representative

Bob Mueller — community representative