Sheriff Allard: 2021 Halloween Safety Tips

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is prepared for Halloween with our Trick or Treat Groups, Trunk or Treat and Halloween Parties and Festivals. We will like to share a few tips to prepare our communities for a Safe Halloween.
Kids Costume Safety
*All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
*If allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow- sticks.
On The Treat Trail
*Adult should accompany young children and traveling with groups is recommended
*Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down (unless using for emergency)
*Try to finish trick-or-treat before the sun goes down
*Have flashlight with fresh batteries
*Teach children never to enter a house or a car
*Only go to home with a porch light on
*Agree on a specific time children should return home
Healthy Halloween
*A good meal prior to tick-or-treating is recommended to discourage youngsters from eating Halloween Treats on the road
*Instruct children not to eat any treats until they return home
*Kids should never eat candy not in its original package
*Teach your child to politely turn down home-bake items such as cupcakes and brownies.
Older Children
*Plan and review an acceptable route
*Agree on a specific time children should return home
*Instruct older children to charge cell phones for emergencies
*Always use crosswalks and obey all traffic signals. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic
*Enter and exit driveways carefully
*Drive slowly and watch for pedestrians (kids with dark costumes)
*Discourage new inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
*Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious activity*
On Behalf of The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office we hope you have a safe and fun Halloween.
Sheriff Jim Allard thanks the National Safety Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics for their assistance.