Issue#625: October 28, 2015
A Message from Chief Knight

This Saturday the 31st, brings Halloween. A lot of excitement and activity for our kids is afoot.  Many children will be out-and-about.  Halloween is a fun and exciting day for kids but also involves some safety concerns for parents.

Our patrol division will be fully staffed and patrolling our streets.  If you need assistance an officer will be only minutes away. If you need help call 911.

The Chaska Police Department wants all children to be safe this Halloween.
  • Welcome trick-or-treaters by turning outside lights on.
  • Remove potentially hazardous objects from your yard.
  • Ask your neighborhood watch to patrol your neighborhood.  (Contact Officer Janke at the Chaska Police Department if you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch.)
  • Drive with caution - you never know when a creature, ghost or goblin might cross your path.
  • Report any and all suspicious behavior to the Chaska Police Department immediately by calling 911.
Costume Safety:
  • Challenge your children to help create costumes with safety in mind.
  • Make sure that your children’s costumes are flame retardant and are designed short enough to avoid tripping.
  • If using masks, your child should have a good range of vision to see traffic, curbs and steps.
  • Outer layers should incorporate reflective material, light colors and even lighted accessories.
  • Make sure older kids go out in groups and that younger kids are accompanied by an adult.
  • Remind all children not to enter strange houses.
  • Set time limits and know where your children will be at.
  • All treats should be checked prior to being eaten.  Make sure candies are unopened and in their original wrappers. Contact 1.800.222.1222, Minnesota Poison Control Center, for questions regarding candy safety.


Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend and at 2 a.m. Sunday, we set our clocks back by one hour.

This is also a good reminder to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms and NOAA weather radios.

Signs You Are Too Old to Be Trick or Treating:

You get winded from knocking on the door.

You ask for high fiber candy only.

When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.

When the door opens you yell, "Trick or ..." and can't remember the rest.

You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.

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