Have a safe and happy Halloween
CASTLE ROCK - Leading up to Halloween, Douglas County, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office & Douglas County School District are teaming up to provide you with Halloween Safety Tips.
Keeping costumes safe, checking candies before your child digs in and making sure your home is trick-or-treat friendly are all important steps to take to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween for children and parents alike.
Please consider these following tips before sending your children out into the night. And if you are driving, please be careful, you never know what monsters or creatures may be out and about or lurking in the shadows.
- Consider using make-up or face paint instead of masks. If masks are used, make sure the mouth and eye holes are lined up properly and large enough.
- Wear light-colored, flame-retardant costumes that do not restrict movement and are short enough to prevent tripping. Additionally, wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls
- Add reflective tape or reflectors to dark-colored costumes. Bring flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
- Instruct children to accept wrapped or packaged candy only and wait until they get home for parents to inspect their goodies before eating any treats. Additionally, be on the look out for marijuana edibles, which look a lot like regular candy.
- A parent or adult should always accompany children under 10. If not accompanied by an adult, children should travel in groups and make sure to carry a mobile phone in case of an emergency.
- Only trick-or-treat on well-lit streets, go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a car or home for a treat.
- Remain on sidewalks at all times, and if there are no sidewalks walk facing traffic on the far left side of the road.
Make your home safe to visit:
- Turn on your exterior lights, welcoming trick-or-treaters.
- Remove objects from your porch and yard that may be hazardous to visitors. Sweep your walkway so there is nothing to slip on.
- Restrain pets so they do not bite or jump up on the children at your door.
- Give wrapped or packaged candy only.
- Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods
- Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road
- Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances
- Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
- Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not able to see your vehicle
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
- Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways
- Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians
Be aware of suspicious activity:
- Watch out for pranks such as houses being toilet-papered or mailboxes being filled with shaving cream. Talk to your older children before they go out; explaining that while you want them to have a good time, some “tricks” such as these could hurt others and/or destroy property.
- Report any suspicious criminal activity to your local law enforcement agency.