Halloween safety tips | Crime
Trick-or-treating is a fun adventure for children and parents. Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out, beginning with these basic safety tips from Sheriff Larry Sanders of Garland County.
- Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.
- Check your local law enforcement agency's website for registered offenders residing in your area.
- Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.
- Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
- Let your know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
- Teach children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well.
- Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting. TRUST THEIR FEELINGS, and be sure to TELL a trusted adult.
- Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, schools, or community-organized events as a safe alternative to Trick-of-Treating.