PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Police Department is sharing Halloween safety tips and providing free trick-or-treat supplies to families in Pittsburg. The police department is giving away reflective bags and glow-in-the-dark bracelets to help keep kids safe this Halloween.
“Safety is usually the last thing on a kid’s mind on Halloween,” Lt. Tim Tompkins said. “They’re more concerned with getting candy and are not always careful to watch for vehicles. These bags and bracelets will help motorists see trick-or-treaters clearly in the evening hours.”
The bracelets glow green for six to 10 hours, keeping kids visible at night. The bags are made of a reflective Mylar material and feature the following safety tips on the back:
• Wear a costume that fits so you don’t trip over it.
• Make sure your costume lets you see and hear well. If possible, wear face paint instead of a mask.
• Choose a costume that is light in color or put “glow-in-the-dark” patches on so you are easily seen by motorists.
• Carry a flashlight to help you see in the dark and to help others find you.
• Cross the street at corners and never between parked cars.
• Go trick-or-treating with a trusted grown up.
• Visit only people you know, such as friends, neighbors and relatives.
• Let a trusted grown up check all treats before you eat them.
The Pittsburg Police Department also advises safety precautions for motorists:
• Slow down in residential neighborhoods, obey all traffic signals and be aware of children trick-or-treating during evening hours.
• Watch for children walking on roadways and crossing the street.
• Carefully enter and exit through driveways and alleys.
Neighborhoods with roads under construction can pose added risks for motorists and pedestrians. The police department advises families to avoid these areas when possible and plan ahead when choosing safe locations to trick or treat. South Rouse Street past Centennial Drive is still under construction and remains limited to one-way traffic. Potential hazards could include increased vehicle congestion, narrow lanes, new drivers unfamiliar with the construction zone, and more.
A list of safe trick-or-treat events in Pittsburg can be found on the City’s website at pittks.org/trick-or-treat-2018.
Families can pick up the free Halloween bags and bracelets between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center 201 N. Pine St. or at City Hall at 201 W. 4th St., while supplies last. For more information, contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-235-0400.
Places to trick or treat:
City of Pittsburg Pic & Treat
On Halloween, the City of Pittsburg Pic & Treat will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at City Hall (201 W. 4th St.), Pittsburg Public Library (308 N. Walnut St.) and Lincoln Center (710 W. 9th St.). Trick-or-treaters can visit City Hall for sweet treats and games before stopping by the library to take pictures. The Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department will also be handing out candy at Lincoln Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
There will be carnival-style games and lots of candy to give away at 5:30 to 7 p.m at 1107 N Tucker. Rain or shine. If it rains, the event will be inside the church, if it doesn't it will be in the parking lot.
Pittsburg YMCA Halloween Carnival
Pittsburg Family YMCA will host a Halloween Carnival at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. It is a free carnival for children three to 12-years-old. Lots of candy, door prizes, and costume contest.
Trick or Treat at the Gallery
ArtForms Gallery LLC will host a treat or treat event at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. “Want a safe place to trick or treat? Bring your children in for some treats – but no tricks. Come dressed in your favorite costume or not.”
Pitt Naz Trunk-N-Treat
Pitt Naz will host a Trunk-N-Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Trunk or Treat
From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Girard and area businesses will host a Trunk or Treat on the East side of the square.
New Hope’s Tub ‘O’ Treat
New Hope will host Tub ‘O’ Treat at 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at New Hope Service of Pittsburg 2614 N. Joplin St. There will be candy, games, hot cocoa and apple cider.
Countryside Trunk or Treat
Countryside Christian Church will host a trunk or treat at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
It is a free event. “Walk through our decorated trunks and fill up your candy buckets for a safe Halloween night.”
Downtown Mulberry Trunk or Treat
There will be a Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Downtown Mulberry.
Gran Villas Trick-or-Treat
The trick-or-treating festivities will start at 5:30 p.m. at Gran Villas Pittsburg at 1004 E Centennial Dr, Pittsburg. There will be a cauldron filled with treats, some were decorated specially by the residents.