The sheriff’s office urges parents to talk about prevention and detection of potential dangerous situations throughout the entire year.
Here are some safety tips to follow:
• Always trick or treat with an adult. Do not allow a child to go outside alone.
• Accompany children to the door of every house they approach.
• Never go inside a house without prior permission from an adult.
• Children should not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
• Wear bright clothing or use reflective strips on costumes.
• Walk on sidewalks, obey traffic signals and stop signs.
• Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
• Children should be warned to never approach a house that is not well lit and does not have a porch light or outside light on.
• Do not go onto property’s that are marked “Keep Out,” “No Trespassing” and “No Solicitors Allowed.”
• Never eat any candy until an adult checks it. Dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, has been opened or is not wrapped.
• Children should immediately report to their parents and law enforcement any suspicious incidents.
• Instruct children to shout for help and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them into involuntary situations.
• A great alternative to trick or treating is for parents to organize at-home parties this Halloween.