Halloween events around our community are underway – and in “the spirit” of the season – the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office offers these safety tips:
- Examine all children’s treats before they are consumed. This applies to packaged items as well as homemade treats – if there is a doubt – throw it out!
- If your child’s costume has a mask – make sure they can see – face paint is always better. Make sure your trick-or-treater can walk comfortably in their costume. Prevent falls with a proper fit.
- Adults with flashlights should accompany young trick-or-treaters. Walk in groups, stay on the sidewalks or walk against traffic on the side of the road.
- Even though Halloween is on a week night this year – drivers should expect costumed children to be out after dark in the neighborhood – and drive cautiously.
- Unless children are trick-or-treating at the home of a relative or close friend – children should never enter a stranger’s home to obtain Halloween treats.
- In addition to trick-or-treating near home – there are any number of safe Halloween activities sponsored by shopping centers, community groups and parks. Check the many online listings in Pinellas County.
- Young people who are past the trick-or-treat age, often find ways to amuse themselves on Halloween by vandalizing private property. Any intentional act resulting in property damage will be dealt with accordingly by Sheriff’s deputies.
- So if your little ghosts and goblins are “lurking for fun”, with some thought and planning, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable observance for all ages.