Have a safe Halloween with the Sacramento Sheriff’s
Halloween is an exciting, fun-filled time for young people. Unfortunately, it
can also result in tragedy. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department would like
to offer you some easy safety tips. The following safety tips are offered for
parents, children, and drivers, which will help make Halloween a safe event for
• Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights
• Coordinate with your neighbors and patrol your streets occasionally
to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against
• Set a time limit for your children to “trick-or-treat”.
An adult should accompany any children under eight (8) years of age.
• Instruct children never to eat anything until they are home and the
treats have been examined. Cut and wash fruit before eating. Throw away anything
• Check the wrappers of commercial treats for tampering.
• Report any suspicious or unusual activity immediately to the police
• Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for
excited youngsters who may have their vision restricted by masks.
• Do not accept rides from strangers.
• Carry a flashlight and use it when crossing streets.
• Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never
diagonally across an intersection.
• Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic
lights. Walk – never run – across the street, and use sidewalks,
not the street for walking.
• Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least two “buddies”
together for the entire evening.
• Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times.
• Do not take short cuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
• Trick-or-treat only in your neighborhood and on well-lit streets. If
possible, daylight hours are best.
• Make sure your child’s costume is not flammable. Show your child
how to roll on the ground in the event his/her costume catches fire. In case
of fire, do not run, as this makes the fire spread more rapidly.
• Your child should have at least one hand free at all times to avoid
injury in case of a fall.
• Make sure that your child’s mask does not restrict his/her vision
and that it has adequate breathing holes. It is preferable to use non-allergenic
makeup for the disguise instead of using a mask.
• Wear light colored clothing that’s short enough to prevent tripping.
• Use reflective tape or retro-reflective material for costumes.
• It is advisable to keep costumed children away from pets. They might
not recognize the child and become aggressive.
• Swords, knives and other such accessories should be of soft of flexible
EXAMINATION OF CANDY
• Instruct your child not to eat or drink any candy or food until he/she
arrives home and it has been inspected by adults.
• Accept only professionally wrapped candy. Discard all candies which
are not wrapped or whose wrapping appears to have been opened or punctured