Guest post: Have a safe, fun Halloween in Pontiac Posted: October 22, 2015 Updated: October 22, 2015

By William Jackson, Superintendent and CAO, Pontiac Academy for Excellence

Halloween is right around the corner. As you’re helping your kids decide what they want to be, and thinking about how you’ll celebrate, consider taking a few simple actions that will ensure a wonderful holiday. We encourage everyone to make the choices that will lead to a Halloweenfestive, safe environment for some old-fashioned Halloween fun in Pontiac. 

Have the happiest of Halloweens with these tips from me, and all our caring faculty at PAE:

Create a game plan
Boost your trick-or-treating fun with some preparation. According to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) the best way to get ready for the big day is to figure out where to gather goodies from and who to do it with. Plan a route that only covers known safe, well-lit areas and travel in groups of two or more. A caregiver should always accompany younger children and if older children are opposed to the idea of an adult around its best if they venture out in a group of trusted peers.  

Play by the rules
Though Pontiac is the safest it’s been in years with crime down 37 percent since 2011, according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, it’s still important that you follow city guidelines for trick-or-treating. Pontiac residents should plan to fill their bags and baskets with treats between 6 and 7 p.m.

Dress for success
One of the coolest parts of Halloween is deciding what you want to be. Whether you’re a princess or a pirate, play it safe by following The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for using rubber or plastic props, covering your face with paint instead of masks and incorporating reflective tape or wearable glow sticks in to your outfit so drivers can see you.  And remember, no costume equals no candy!

Discover different ways to celebrate
Looking for exciting alternative to traditional trick-or-treating? Contact local law enforcement and area churches to see what type of fall festivities they have going on. This year Pontiac residents can enjoy “Lights On: Afterschool Trunk or Treat”, an event co-hosted by many area organizations. The completely free event will run from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Old Howard Dell Community center located at 345 Edison Park in Pontiac and will feature activities such as rock climbing and hayrides, refreshments and musical entertainment. 

And of course, listen to your mother when she says you’ve eaten enough candy for one night!

Pontiac Academy for Excellence is a charter school district in Pontiac, Michigan, that supports the whole child, whole family and whole community in the pursuit of educational and life success. Founded by OLHSA, a Community Action Agency, in 1998 to offer a superior educational experience, PAE is the largest charter option in Pontiac, serving students from kindergarten through grade twelve. At PAE children and families are provided with the stability and resources needed to grow both in the classroom and beyond. Safety, respect, learning and community are the pillars of excellence honored by each student and the district.