For kids Halloween means candies and costumes, tricks and treats. For parents it can be a difficult day of keeping their children safe, while still letting them enjoy the night. Brownville Police Officer J.J. Trevino has some special holiday tips for moms and dads, especially those with young children.
“Make sure that they [children] are aware not to go into any stranger’s house,” says Trevino. “A common practice would to be to go to the door and they can pick up their candy from there.”
Parents know that bagfuls of candy can be difficult to monitor but it is always smart to check your children’s treats before their sweet tooth kicks in.
“Make sure your kids eat a healthy meal so they won't be more inept to eat their candy before they get home,” says Trevino. “This way by the time they get home you can have a chance to look over all of their food.”
Aside from potentially tampered with candies and strangers, Trevino says his biggest concern is how dangerous neighborhood streets can be. Halloween night usually sees the highest volume of both pedestrians and cars sharing the streets.
On October 31st of last year a tragic hit and run accident occurred on Tandy Road in Brownsville.
“A young man was run over,” says Trevino. “To this point it is still an active case. It's an example of what I think might happen or could happen.”
18-year old Eric Villarreal lost his life last Halloween walking home on a poorly lit street. Trevino uses the story as a cautionary tale and urges parents and children to remain in well lit safe areas this holiday season. Trevino even suggests trick-or-treating during the late afternoon instead of at night fall. The extra light provides much safer conditions for both pedestrians and drivers.
“If you are going to be out driving or with your kids you should take all of the precautionary measures that you need to,” says Trevino