Halloween Safety Tips from Sheriff Mincks

“Parents, trick-or-treating is a great adventure for children. Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out beginning with these basic safety tips.”
– Sheriff Larry R Mincks Sr.


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  • You, or a responsible adult, should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-or-treating.
  • Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.
  • Have your trick-or-treater wear reflective clothing and/or carry a light or glowstick.
  • Children, over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without you, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars.
  • Check WCSO’s website or your local law enforcement agency for registered offenders residing in the area.
  • Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.
  • Remind your children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
  • Let your children 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.