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Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
Monday October 28th, 2019 :: 11:24 a.m. EDT


Halloween Safety Tips

Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up, get free candy, and in some cases stay up later on a weeknight. It can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a time for us to make sure our young ones stay safe. Here are a few tips you can share to help keep them safe on Halloween night!
Walk Safely

  1. Head up, electronic device down while out on the streets. You can post all of your costume and candy pics later
  2. Teach your kid to make eye contact with the driver prior to crossing the street
  3. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Make sure to let them know that they should never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
  4. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups
  5. Only approach homes that are well lit
  6. Make sure they know how to say “No” to strangers!  Never get into a stranger’s car or go into their house.  Make sure you’re within sight of your child when they are running from house to house
  7. Always have them accept treats outside on the porch
Costume Safety
  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible choose light colors
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision
  3. Have kids carry a flashlight or something that glows in the dark to help them see and be seen by drivers
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls
Drive Safe on Halloween Night
  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  4. Head up, phone down! Get rid of any distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
  5. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours, but know that some may be out a little earlier or stay out a little later
Have a safe and fun Halloween - Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
2201 Hogback Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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