Sheriff Michael Miller offers parents advice to help their children have a safe Trick-or-Treat night:
Parents, trick-or-treating is a great adventure for children. Keep it fun by preparing yourself and your children for a safe night out beginning with these basic safety tips:
- You or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-or-treating.
- Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardent, and never obscure visibility.
- Have your trick-or-treater wear reflective clothing and/or carry a light or glowstick.
- Children over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without you, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars.
- Check our website, http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_safety.php?office=54978, or that of you local law enforcement agency, for registered offenders residing in the area.
- Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit
- Remind you children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
- Let your children know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
- Teach children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well.
- Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting. TRUST THEIR FEELINGS, and be sure to TELL a trusted adult.
- Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, schools, or community organized events as a safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating.