If you and your children will be spooking the neighborhood on Halloween, here are safety tips from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Stay in your own neighborhood. Go with a friend, in a group or adult. Go only to homes with lights on or with Halloween decorations.
Do not eat treats until your parent or adult checks them.
Watch for cars when crossing the street.
If anything makes you uncomfortable, tell a parent or adult.
If you can, go trick or treating with your children before it gets dark.
Check your child’s costume so that it allows your child to move freely and able to see clearly. Give flashlights to your children so they can be seen.
Tell your children to trick or treat with a friend, group or adult. An adult or responsible teenager should always go with young children.
Insist that your child stay in your neighborhood and trick or treat on agreed routes.
Check your child’s treats before they eat them. Cut fruit into pieces to make sure it has not been tampered with. “Use your discretion about homemade treats even with address labels,” the HCSO recommends.
Give store-wrapped treats or non-edible crayons, stickers or small party favors.
If you must hand out homemade treats, put your name/address and give only to children who know you.
Host a party for your children and their friends, instead of trick or treating.
Attend Fall Festivals at churches or Halloween Trick or Treat events at local shopping malls and their stores.
Watch out for children, who may not be able to see you.
Be careful and alert of children when backing out your vehicle in driveways or parking spaces.
Source: HCSO News Release