Avoid Halloween hazards

By Angela Peacock

Anyone not wanting to add a pair of handcuffs to this year’s Halloween costume is urged by local law enforcement to socialize responsibly.

Tucumcari Chief of Police Scott Townsend reminds adult care givers who have children under age 18 about their legal responsibility as parental guardians.

“If children are out getting into trouble the parent’s could receive a citation to appear in court instead of the children,” Townsend said.

The city hasn’t set up designated trick-or-treating hours. However, Townsend does encourage children to be dressed in reflective costumes, carrying a flashlight and preferably to be accompanied by an adult while out trick-or-treating.

For those who would enjoy making Halloween an indoor activity, the Tucumcari First Baptist Church at 321 Center Street will be hosting a costume party for children in first through fifth grades. Warren Colebank, youth pastor at First Baptist Church, said there will be games, door prizes and of course, candy.

“This is a safe, fun, family oriented alternative to Halloween,” Colebank said.

Halloween being on a Friday night doesn’t concern Townsend that there would be any more drinking or partying going on than a usual weekend. The Trails West Lounge won’t be having their Halloween party until Saturday.

Townsend said he’s not too concerned that children’s safety will be in danger on Halloween because by the time most adults are out socializing the children should already have returned home from trick-or-treating.

Townsend said there will be at least three to four officers out patrolling Friday night and stressed that city police still offer free rides to anyone who has had too much to drink.

“No questions asked all you have to do is call 461-2160,” Townsend said.