Trooper explains how to stay safe on Halloween to Sandycreek students

Franklin state police trooper Michelle McGee conducted an imaginary trick-or-treat Thursday in which Sandycreek Elementary School students practiced safe Halloween actions she had just taught them. Pictured (from left) are Karla Reed (first grade), Zeke Payne (kindergarten), Adelyn Slawson (kindergarten) and Aaron Meade (first grade). (By Makayla Keating)

Halloween is right around the corner, which means many elated children will be cruising through local neighborhoods on the hunt for candy Monday evening.

But it also means parents will be on the lookout to keep their children safe.

But luckily for the parents of kindergartners through second graders at Sandycreek Elementary School in Franklin, those kids will also be on the lookout for their own safety this Halloween.

Michelle McGee, the community services officer with Franklin state police, visited the school Thursday and told the students how they can be proactive regarding their own safety over the Halloween weekend.

McGee went over basic tips with the kids such as bringing a flashlight with them, staying with a trusted adult or their group, looking both ways before crossing the street, only going to houses with their porch lights on, having an adult checking their candy before they eat it and more.

She also told students that if their costume includes a mask that makes it difficult to see, they should put their mask up while they’re walking but put their mask back down when they go to ring a doorbell.

After going over the safety, McGee asked the teachers to choose one of their students to participate in a hands-on activity where they could practice the rules in front of their classmates.

This is the third year McGee has visited Sandycreek to go over basic Halloween safety with students, and she said “it’s been fun for (the kids) with the imaginary trick-or-treat. They seem to have a pretty good understanding of (the safety).”

In return, McGee said she also enjoys interacting with the students.

“Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids, and it’s fun to interact with them while sharing an important safety message,” McGee said.


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