AS children throughout Limerick prepare to celebrate Halloween this weekend, gardai have warned parents to be vigilant and to stay with their children and escort them on “trick or treat” visits, at parties and events.
“If children dress up in Halloween costume, add reflective material so that they can be seen by motorists and cyclists,” said crime prevention officer, Sgt Justin McCarthy.
He also advised parents to use only fire resistant materials for costumes, and urged people to keep dangerous substances such as oil, petrol and diesel away from fires or fireworks.
“Don’t provide any materials for bonfires. Do not buy, use or supply fireworks and keep pets indoors on Halloween night,” he added.
Sgt McCarthy has warned parents that no matter how innocent they appear, every firework is an explosive substance and has the ability to cause serious and life threatening injuries especially to children.
“This is especially so when fireworks are bought on the black market where little or no safety standards apply.
“Fireworks are illegal and merely having them in your possession is a criminal offence to which fines and imprisonment apply. If you find your children with fireworks please deliver them to your local garda station.
“Parents should be extra vigilant during Halloween and know where their children are at all times. Adults in general should ensure that their children are aware of the very real dangers associated with fireworks,” he warned.
If you have any information in relation to the illegal supply or sale of fireworks contact any garda station or call 1800 666 111.
Meanwhile for the second year in a row, Michael Jackson’s classic Thriller video is to be recreated in Limerick this Halloween, under the Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Family Festival.
The Halloween Charity Thriller Dance is in aid of CARI, The Ark Unit and The Neo Natal Unit in University Hospital Limerick. Organisers are seeking €5 from the audience as a donation – and members of the public are invited to take part in the dance.
This Thursday, there will be tutorials for the dance in Arthur’s Quay Park. Then on Halloween night, Saturday, also at Arthur’s Quay park from 7pm, there will be a practice and build-up to the main event at 9pm.
Running from this Friday to Sunday, the Spooktacular will also include a vintage carnival with ferris wheels and carousels, along with a food market, live performances and a best costume competition. See Limerick.ie for full details about the event.