Ocean City Today

Tips to keep trick-or-treaters as well as older revelers safe

By Katie Tabeling | Oct 26, 2017

(Oct. 27, 2017) With Halloween days away, Ocean City Police and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office shared safety tips to keep trick-or-treaters and older revelers safe this year.

“We want people to have a safe, fun holiday - and hope that people try and put us out of business,” said Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Ed Schreier. “We’re going to have increased enforcement in neighborhoods to monitor the great number of pedestrians out that night.”

Although Ocean City has a small year-round population, families often head out to West Ocean City neighborhoods like Fox Chapel and Oyster Harbor to do their trick-or-treating. Parents are reminded that their children should never trick-or-treat alone, and to only visit well-lit homes and avoid dark houses.

“If the child is trusted to trick-or-treat alone, remind the child to stay with friends and go to areas that are familiar and well-lit,” said Ocean City Police Spokeswoman Lindsay Richard.

Both Richard and Schreier said that children should only eat factory-wrapped treats and avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

“Wait until you’re home to eat candy. When I was a kid, we had to look out for pins and other objects in our bags,” Schreier said. “If a candy looks suspicious, then throw it out. We’ll be doing scanning with the metal detector machines on Halloween to catch other foreign objects.”

Children going out on Halloween should wear bright costumes or reflective tape to make them more visible to drivers. Trick-or-treaters should also carry flashlights.

In Ocean City, pedestrians should “Walk Smart” and stay on sidewalks, crossing streets when the signal gives the OK. But in areas that lack sidewalks and proper street-lighting, like in West Ocean City or Ocean Pines, people should be cautious before heading out for the night.

Ocean Pines Police advise families to skip their neighborhood, as the community lacks sidewalks and streetlights.

“Pedestrian safety is a top concern, which is why we ask families to not trick-or-treat in Ocean Pines,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “But for those who choose to trick-or-treat, police caution parents to avoid traveling along Ocean Parkway, which is a stretch of busy roadway.”

Ocean Pines Police encourage residents to attend the annual Halloween/Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at White Horse Park instead of trick-or-treating. The festival will feature plenty of Halloween candy, costume contests, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, a haunted hayride, moon bounce, crafts and refreshments for sale. Admission is free and open to the public.

On Halloween night, all drivers are encouraged to drive slow and be prepared to stop for pedestrians. For older residents that will be celebrating the haunted holiday, keep the party off the roads and don’t drink and drive.

“Drunk driving is a year-round problem, and with any holiday there’s a lot of people drinking out with friends,” Schreier said. “With taxis and Ubers, there’s no reason to drink and drive.”

Ocean City Police suggest party-goers to plan a safe way home before the festivities start and designate a sober driver before going out. Call a taxi or a sober friend to take you home if you become drunk, or use the bus.

“Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk,” Richard said. “If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.”

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