Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 842 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-206, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-48, Car/Deer Accidents-39, Alarms-30, Traffic Hazards-29, Traffic Violations-29, Shoplifting Complaints-25, Check Well Beings-25, Property Damage Crashes-22, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-19, Domestic Dispute-18, Civil Complaints-17, Disorderly Person or Subject-11, Larcenies-8, Breaking and Entering-6, and Assaults-5.
Halloween is nearly upon us and this year’s Halloween promises to be like none other we have known. Every community is adopting their own requirements based on CDC guidelines for how the celebration of Halloween will be carried out. Please check with your community leaders for the requirements in your area.
If your community is allowing certain types of Halloween festivities, here are a few ideas so your little super heroes and princesses can still enjoy a fun and safe Halloween:
- Keep doing what you have been doing: avoiding large gatherings, keeping a distance of six feet from others, wearing cloth face coverings (think superhero!), and washing hands often.
- Remember: a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering unless it has multiple layers of breathable fabric and covers the mouth and nose snugly. If children plan to use their cloth face coverings as part of their costumes, they should not paint them since some paints contain toxins.
- Outdoor costume parades may be an option, if it is possible for everyone to stay at least 6 feet apart and wear cloth face coverings.
- A local haunted forest or corn maze may be a great, fun option, as long as cloth face coverings, physical distancing and one-way walk through is enforced. If you go to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, also use hand sanitizer before and after touching what you pick.
- If your children will be outside, mark their costumes with reflective tape. Remind them to be careful around cars, as drivers may not see them. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or contact with flames.
Some fun at home activities could be having a spooky movie night and dressing up like your favorite characters, carving pumpkins, Halloween goodies, or having a scavenger hunt to look for treats.
This year has been challenging on so many levels in our daily lives. Coming up with fun, creative ideas so our kids can take part in the holiday is sure to put a smile on their faces.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich