The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the community of some safety tips this Halloween. 

Celebrations start on various nights beginning Friday, October 25. These events include church Trunk-or-Treats, neighborhood trick-or-treating, and community programs.

When trick-or-treating, parents should remember the following safety precautions:

  • Children should always trick-or-treat with an adult, especially those under the age of 12
  • If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups
  • Know the area your children are trick-or-treating in and if there are any sexual predators in that particular neighborhood or area
  • Do not eat any candy that is not properly wrapped or appears suspicious
  • Parents should look and sort through all candy received to check for problems or suspicious items
  • Tell your children to NEVER go inside someone’s house they don’t know
  • Make sure you children’s costumes are visible and have reflective markings, flashlights and/or glow lights
  • Avoid costumes that are all black and blend into the darkness, especially those without proper reflective gear
  • Always use non-toxic Halloween make-up (Make sure to test in small area first to avoid allergic reactions)
  • Give your children flashlights to help light their way and make them more noticeable to oncoming traffic
  • Remember to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Teach your children to “Look left, right and left again” when crossing and keep looking as you cross
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible
  • Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars

For Vehicle Drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Remember children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways, neighborhoods, and alleyways slowly and carefully
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours

If you have any questions regarding safety tips for a safe Halloween, please contact your local law enforcement agency or visit the National Safety Council’s website.