WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Halloween is just four days and away and western Massachusetts families are planning a day of trick or treating. 8-year-old Avrah Foley plans to dress up as her favorite pet on Halloween. Her mother, a police officer, says she'll take extra measures to make sure she's safe.
“I just don't trust people unfortunately especially in the line of work. We definitely go as groups; we go as large groups. And we make it something fun and family oriented. All of the neighborhood kids go together and we take the kids out as a family,” said Lisa Foley in West Springfield on Sunday.
Foley is not the only one who thinks the culture around Halloween has changed. “I say it's more organized, in the neighborhoods people aren't feeling that safe so they go to the mall and to organized events. We don't see as many trick or treaters,” said Steve Brown of Holyoke.
22News is working for you; here are some tips on how to keep your children safe this Halloween. The state's Department of Public Health says you can avoid falls by not having trailing materials drag on costumes. Walk on sidewalks and only cross at the corner. State health officials also say children should wear reflective clothing.
“We're going to go just our neighborhood, just try to keep her off the main roads and definitely carry glow sticks. Her bag is very bright and neon colored,” said Ashley Kenyon of Springfield.
Checking your child's treats is also a way to keep them from having any sort of reaction. For a list of safety tips, click here.