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Halloween Safety Tips

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office offers these Halloween safety tips:
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • Have your name and address attached to your costume.
  • Wear identification bracelets.
  • Use flashlights.
  • Walk through your neighborhood with others and do not stray from your group.
  • Stay in your own neighborhood and trick-or-treat only at homes that have porch lights on.
  • Never take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
  • Never enter a home of a stranger or accept rides from strangers.
  • Try to wear costumes made of white or light colored materials. If your costume is dark attach reflector tape on the costume to increase night time visibility.
  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Look in all directions before crossing a street and obey all traffic signals. Cross streets at the corner.
  • Carry trick-or-treat bags that have strong straps or handles. This allows you to carry the bag with one hand leaving the other hand free.