Having a safe & 'spooktacular' Halloween
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
Pictured: During last year's Halloween celebration in the City of Bandera, Councilman Maggie Schumacher assisted members of the marshal's department hand out candy to little trick or treaters.
City of Bandera Marshal James "Charlie" Hicks reminds everyone that this evening, Thursday, Oct. 31, children and parents will take to the streets to enjoy a night of trick-or-treating.
"Our goal is to maintain a safe environment for everyone participating in these activities," Hicks said. "For safety's sake, my deputies and I will be conducting enhanced traffic enforcement within the city limits during peak activity hours."
Hicks went on to say the city law enforcement officers would target speeders and motorists driving recklessly or running stop signs, among other possible traffic violations that could result in injury to pedestrians.
"Motorists who are not taking part in Halloween activities this evening should be aware that there will be more than usual pedestrian traffic in town between the hours of 6 pm to 10 pm," Hicks continued. "Together, we can ensure that our children have an enjoyable - and safe - experience while trick-or-treating this year."
Additionally, Deputy Marshal Chris Flores will be set up in front of the marshal's office at 511 Main Street, handing out treats. At the request of parents, he will also be available to inspect any candy that had been collected by children.
Hicks offered the following tips for safe Halloween trick-or-treating:
• Walk on sidewalks if possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
• Wear bright-colored or reflective costumes that motorists can easily see in the dark.
• Carry a flashlight.
• Visit only homes with a porch light or front light on.
• Be cautious with animals that are often loose in front yards.
• Inspect all candy prior to consumption.
Hicks also advised children and their parents to be cautions of strangers, adding, "Please report any suspicious activity or anything of concern."