(Tues., Oct. 26, 2010)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today proclaimed October 2010 “Be Safe, Be Seen Month” in Honolulu, and encouraged drivers, trick-or-treaters and parents to be especially careful on Halloween.

“Halloween should be a fun time for everyone,” Carlisle said. “Let’s all remember to take appropriate precautions and keep our communities safe.”

The Honolulu Police Department, Department of Transportation Services and state Department of Education are partnering with local schools to remind parents that children’s Halloween costumes should be highly visible. Parents should also be vigilant in helping children cross streets, and in monitoring their activities as they visit neighborhood homes.

Trick-or-treaters young and old are encouraged to add reflective stickers to their costumes so that motorists may see them more easily. Approximately 65,000 stickers have been distributed to Oahu public school students in kindergarten through fifth grades through the cooperation of the Honolulu Police Department and state Department of Education. Stickers are also available at Oahu satellite city halls.

Parents are also advised to choose costumes made of flame-retardant material that is appropriate in length so children don’t trip and fall, and to avoid potentially dangerous props such as swords and knives.

To ensure a safe and fun Halloween evening, parents supervising young trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights, follow traffic signals and rules of the road, visit only well-lit homes in familiar neighborhoods and avoid shortcuts across backyards and alleys.

Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.