Halloween might be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little scary. Concerns about children’s safety—whether they are out in the neighborhood or back at home with bags of goodies—can strike fear in an adult’s heart. But not to worry! Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will be a good time for all.
- Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
- 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.
- Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
- Try to get kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights that work.
Deputies will be out patrolling subdivisions and other areas of the community that might attract attention on Halloween. It’s an all-hands-on-deck night for us. We hope that no matter what night you and your family plan to celebrate Halloween or where the festivities might take you, please report any suspicious or criminal activity to us by calling 911.