Tips for keeping your ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween

img_davis_gy_skullTonight, children dressed in their favorite costume will roam the neighborhood tonight trick-or-treating or enjoying the performances at Davis Graveyard at S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard and S.E. 43rd Avenue.

Everyone wants to have a safe and happy Halloween for themselves, their guests and their children. Using safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you!

Below are 13 simple tips courtesy from City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention to help make the festivities fun and safe for all.

Have adult supervision. Accompany your kids if you don’t think they’re old enough to trick-or-treat on their own.

There is safety in numbers. If they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell your kids to stay in a group.

Map out your plan. Designate a route before your kids begin trick-or-treating, and make sure they stick to it.

Take the long way ’round. Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.

Try trick-or-treat-friendly homes. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on. And, you might also suggest the houses they visit have some sort of Halloween decoration on the porch.

Stay outside. Make sure your kids don’t go inside someone’s house. They can get their candy from the porch.

Remain visible. Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective strips or carry a glow stick or flashlight.

Remember, shorter equals safer. Goes without saying but just in case you forget, ensure your kids’ costumes aren’t so long that they can trip over them.

Don’t cover the face. Instead of masks, have your kids wear make-up so they can see better.

Quality-check treats. Check your kids’ candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with.

Say “no” to strangers. Tell your kids to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger.

Obey the law. Encourage your kids to follow all the regular rules for walking around. That includes looking both ways before crossing, obeying all traffic laws and using cross walks and crossing lights where available.

Have a great time! Finally, make sure your kids have tons of fun and get lots and lots of candy.

Volunteer help wanted for ‘Graveyard’ traffic control

img_davis_gy_skullFrom Arts Committee member Jeff Davis:

The Davis Graveyard Halloween Event on Saturday October 31st will be from 5:00 p.m.  to 11 p.m.   The Milwaukie High School Pony Prancers (“Graveyard Dancers”)  will be dancing to “Thriller” in the driveway throughout the evening.  They will be selling hot beverages and collecting donations across the street.

The street will be closed from SE 43rd Ave. and SE Johnson Creek Blvd. (JCB) to SE 43rd Ave. and SE Roswell St. during the event for the safety of the children that will be trick-or-treating and the adults.

For the past several years Milwaukie Police has allowed their cadets and reserves to volunteer for this event to monitor the roadblocks at both ends of the street.  This year there are fewer experienced cadets and less reserve officers that are available so they will not be able to monitor the road blocks.  It has been suggested that we find local neighbors to monitor the road blocks instead.   It has also been suggested that we ask if Portland Police or Clackamas County Sheriffs have anyone they could spare that night.  It is nice having some sort of police presence to keep any would be mischief from happening.

It looks like rain is forecast for Saturday so we can provide umbrellas and hot beverages.  Chris and I will be busy at the gates handing out candy to the hordes of children and managing the dancers so it would be nice to have some people dealing with the traffic at the road blocks.  Mainly just making sure people don’t try to turn into the street and letting people know to park around the corner on JCB in the business parking lots and walk back.


SE 43rd Ave. to close on Oct. 31

SE 43rd Ave. between SE Johnson Creek Blvd. and SE Roswell St. will be closed to motor vehicles on Sat. Oct. 31, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for an event at the Davis Graveyard.

Traffic will detour using SE 42nd Ave.

Motor vehicle access will be restricted to residents residing on the closed street and emergency vehicles.

See map below. Note: blue is the detour route.

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ONI offers two crime prevention training seminars next week

Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention announced that two crime prevention training seminars will be offered next week in honor of National Crime Prevention Month.

On Monday, October 26, a personal training seminar will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the East Precinct Community Room, 737 SE 106th Ave., Portland. See Personal Safety Training flyer (PDF,  171KB) for more details .

On Wednesday, October 28th, a training seminar will be held for crime prevention for your home or business from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., North Precinct Community Room, 449 NE Emerson St., in Portland. See Crime Prevention for Your Home of Business flyer (PDF, 143 KB) for more details.

Both events are free and open to residents of Portland. Some residents living in Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood boundary live within the Portland city limits.

Tacoma Street station, JCB traffic follow-up meeting Monday

On Monday, October 26th, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project is holding a second meeting regarding potential traffic impacts of the future SE Tacoma Blvd. light rail station and Park & Ride.

Project staff will discuss the McLoughlin–Tacoma interchange and overall traffic impacts on SE Tacoma St. and SE Johnson Creek Boulevard.

The meeting is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ardenwald Elementary School, 8950 SE 36th Ave. in Milwaukie.

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