CAROLINE CROSSROADS Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
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Halloween Tips from the Sheriff’s Office

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips to have a safe Halloween.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Walk with your child to each house and never let them out of sight.
  • Stay away from unlit homes and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Consider adding reflective tape to costumes. Encourage everyone in your group to carry a flashlight or glow stick. Carry bright or glow in the dark candy bags.
  • Ensure that costumes do not present a tripping hazard (falls are the most common culprit of Halloween injuries) and that they do not obstruct the child’s vision or respiration. When possible, use non-toxic cosmetics rather than a mask. Look for costumes labeled as flame resistant.
  • Know the routes that older children are taking and insist they travel in pairs or groups.
  • Inspect all candy and goodies prior to consuming. Discard all unwrapped or spoiled goodies.
  • Report any suspicious looking items to local law enforcement.
  • Use glow sticks instead of candles to light your pumpkins and decorations.
  •  Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
  •  Be aware of moving vehicles at all times. Motorist may not see Trick-or-Treaters.
  •  Halloween can be scary enough…please DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
  • As an extra safety measure, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office will be doing extra patrols in communities with high pedestrian traffic.
  • You may want to consider participating in community sponsored events as an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.