Sheriff Jay Koon

Halloween is a special time for youngsters to imagine being the superheroes or princesses they love, a time to celebrate with friends and sweet treats.

You can take steps to help your family members stay safe as they head out to trick-or-treat and ensure everyone has maximum fun this holiday.

  • Older children should go out with friends and stay in groups. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat. Together, map out a safe route so you know where they’ll be. Remind them not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or playing fields.
  • Stay off roadways and use sidewalks when available.
  • Drivers, slow down and pay special attention to the many pedestrians who will be out tonight.
  • Children should never approach a house alone and should leave immediately if the homeowner invites them inside.
  • Try to get children to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights that work.
  • Parents should inspect all candy before it’s eaten to ensure the packaging is intact and nothing has contaminated it. If a piece of candy doesn’t look right, throw it away.
  • Please don’t patronize stores while wearing excessive face makeup or masks.
  • Avoid walking near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
  • Utilize reflective tape on costumes to help drivers see you.

Deputies will be out patrolling this evening to help ensure Halloween will be a safe and fun night for all of Lexington County. We can’t wait to see your creative costumes!