|(HOUSTON, TX) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s (HCSO) Community Services Bureau is sharing some safety tips for kids and adults to make sure Halloween is a fun-filled, but safe, night.|
• Never go trick-or-treating alone.
• Never go inside a stranger’s house to get treats. Stay outside at a safe distance.
• When crossing the street, look both ways and make sure no cars are coming. Cross only at intersections.
• Carry a glow stick or flashlight to make sure people see you.
• Have your parents check all treats before you eat them.
• Help your child choose a safe costume. A safe costume should be fireproof or fire retardant. It should also be brightly colored or treated with reflective tape, and should not be a tripping hazard. Masks should allow for clear vision.
• Go online to Crime Reports at www.hcso.hctx.net and check your neighborhood for sex offenders. Avoid those homes.
• Make sure a responsible adult is with your young children when they go trick-or-treating.
• If children will be going trick-or-treating alone, set a safe route and a time for them to be home. Have them check in with you at regular intervals.
• If you are driving, make sure to drive slowly and safely.
• Check all treats before allowing your child to eat them. Allow children to eat only unopened treats and those in their original wrapper.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your area law enforcement.
Planned Halloween events such as at a mall, church, or civic group may be a safer way to enjoy Halloween night.
Happy trick-or-treating from everyone at the HCSO!
Manager, Media Relations
1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Office (713) 755-8220
Fax (713) 755-6228