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Halloween Safety Tips




Halloween Safety Tips

October 21, 2015

Have a happy - and safe - Halloween

Halloween is upon us and we all have a responsibility to not only provide a safe environment for our own children while they are trick-or-treating, but to ensure the safety of those who come to our own homes for treats. Here is a list of safety tips for both trick-or-treaters and homeowner.

Attend a community organized Trunk-or-Treat event at a local church or civic group.

Check your children’s candy before they eat it! Send them out with safe “starter” candy.

Remind children to NEVER enter anyone’s home or car.

Have all children trick or treat in groups.

Set a time for trick or treaters to be home and remind them to call 911 if there is unlawful or suspicious activity.

Tie small glow sticks or use reflective tape on your child’s costume so they are easily seen in the dark.

Always walk. Never run across a street.

Have adults walk the neighborhood to discourage malicious mischief and keep children safe.

Remind children to stay in populated places and not use back alleys or fields.

Avoid replica toy guns – They may be mistaken for the real thing!

Children should obey all traffic signs and look before crossing the street. Never cross between parked cars, in the middle of a block or diagonally through intersections.

Do not leave your home unattended and keep pets inside.

Use Jack-O-Lanterns or high intensity glow sticks to light porch steps. Make sure trick-or-treaters are safe.

Only give out commercially wrapped treats.

Have an old-fashioned neighborhood Halloween block party to get to know neighbors.

Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

Only trick or treat in neighborhoods where you know residents and at houses with porch lights on.

Make sure young children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door.

Please feel free to contact the Sheriff’s Office any time of the day at 573-346-2243 or by email at