Yup… it’s that time of the year again. In a very short time your
community will soon be crawling with young ghosts, goblins, or just about every other costumed character you can imagine.
The Sheriff’s Dept. wants everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween and has provided these basic Halloween and Trick-or-Treating safety tips worth
1. Never allow your young children to trick-or-treat alone. There’s safety in numbers when they travel in a pack with several of their friends. Children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
2. Plan a safe route in an area that is known to you. Out at night? Carry a light or one of those nifty chemical glow sticks. Never, ever, carry anything illuminated by an open flame.
3. Make sure your kids can see and that they can be seen. Lighter colored costumes are easier for motorists to see at night. Extra points if you add some reflective tape to that costume. Make sure your child can easily see out of his or her mask so they won’t trip over curbs or objects that can’t be easily seen in the dark.
4. Is your child’s costume flame resistant? It should be.
5. Use safe pedestrian practices. Stay on main walkways, and when at all possible, on well-lit sidewalks. Cross Streets at intersections and never walk out into the street between parked cars.
6. NEVER, EVER allow your child to enter a stranger’s home or vehicle. It is always best and safest to do your trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood. Avoid approaching homes that are dark or that appear to be unoccupied.
7. If your child’s costume incorporates simulated knives, swords, or similar accessories be sure they are not sharp and that they are made of flexible materials.
8. Inspect ALL treats before allowing your child to eat them! Any item that is not factory wrapped or appears to have been unwrapped should be discarded. Home made treats should not be eaten unless the source of those items is well-known to you. If something seems suspicious to you, throw it out. If you find an item that has been tampered with or was intended to harm someone notify law enforcement.
9. Make sure your home is safe to receive trick-or-treaters. Roll up those garden hoses and put your sprinklers away. Turn on that porch light and be sure to remove any clutter or items that might be hazardous to youngsters who come to your door.
10. Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
11. Consider an organized neighborhood party or Halloween event for the youngsters in your community. This can be a lot more fun than a long door-to-door trek and much safer too.
12. And a reminder for our adults… if a Halloween party is in your plans please be responsible. If the consumption of alcohol will be part of your evening please plan ahead and assign a designated driver for your group. Halloween falls on a weekend this year which means there will be a lot of young trick-or-treaters out and about so please drive carefully and responsibly. If you get caught for drinking and driving, you will go to jail. And we can guarantee that jail is the scariest place you can be!