Halloween should be a fun night for kids and adults. It is a time when thousands of trick-or-treaters will be dressed up in their favorite costumes and will be out collecting candy. Adults dressed in Halloween costumes will be heading out to house parties, local bars, restaurants to celebrate as well.
If you follow these safety tips, everyone will have a great night!
Parents & Children:
- Parents should plan their trick-or-treat route ahead of time and avoid busy streets.
- Trick or treat with a group and stay together.
- Parents or responsible adults should accompany the children while trick or treating.
- Children should wear visible costumes that are easy to walk in and see. Light-colored costumes are best. Use retro-reflective tape.
- If you wear a mask, make sure you can see. Consider using non-toxic make up instead. Carry a flashlight so drivers can see you.
- This is a night of heavy foot traffic, use a crosswalk when available or cross at intersections. Look both ways before crossing the street!
- Only approach well lit homes that have their porch lights on.
- Set up a meeting place in case you get separated from your group.
- Talk to your children about the 9-1-1 system and how to dial the number in the event of an emergency.
- Parents, after you are done collecting candy, please inspect the candy before allowing the children to eat it. If you find opened candy, discard it.
- Discard any type of treat that looks suspicious.
Adults Planning to Party / Drivers
- Decide before going out whether you plan to drink or drive. You can’t do both.
- If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, take a cab, ride-share or use public transit. Anything that doesn’t involve you getting behind the wheel.
- Party hosts: Offer non-alcoholic drinks to designated drivers and don’t allow anyone who may be impaired to leave.
- There will be many kids out and about dressed up in costumes. This is another reason to slow down and be extra cautious. Obey all traffic signs and signals!
- Avoid driving through residential areas where trick-or-treaters are likely to be.
- Watch for children in costumes that may be harder to see at night. Look out for trick-or-treaters who may cross the street mid-block, or from behind parked cars.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wants everyone to have a fun, safe and most importantly, have a Happy Halloween!