Falco Reminds Families to Trick-or-Treat
Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for
parents, trick-or-treat time may be a bit
tricky. Your county sheriff would like to
provide the following safety tips to help you
plan a safe, fun Halloween for your family.
Face paint is safer than a mask - and it's
Choose costumes in light colors or add
Check that costumes
are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a
Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.
Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the
road facing traffic.
Stop, look and listen at corners.
Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes
where the outside lights are on.
Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
Carry a cell phone if trick or treating without
Be respectful of
other people and their property.
Go inside a stranger's house or get into a
Run across yards or streets.
Venture down dark, empty streets.
Approach dark, unlighted houses.
Go between parked
cars or crisscross back and forth across
Parents with Younger
Should accompany young children.
Plan to trick-or-treat while it's still light
Walk with your
children to each house and wait in the driveway
Children should save all their candy until they
Feed your children a meal or substantial snack
before trick or treating so they are less
tempted to eat the candy.
Inspect all treats when you get home. Throw away
any unwrapped, open, or suspicious
If your child becomes
suddenly ill, IMMEDIATELY call your doctor or
dial 911! Try to determine what the child has
eaten and where it came from. Save all wrappers.
Put away anything trick-or-treaters could trip
Turn the lights on and replace any burned-out
bulbs at the walkway and front door.
Remember, your jack-o-lantern and any other
candles or electrical decorations can be a fire
hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small
children and away from flammable materials.
Never leave your
house unattended. If you have to leave your
house, make sure all the doors are locked.
Even if you don't
If driving on Halloween, watch for trick or
treaters in the streets and darting out from
between parked cars.
If hosting or
attending a Halloween celebration that includes
alcohol, be responsible! Don't drink and drive!
We also recommend that you map out your route
and check it against the New York State Sex
Offender Registry at
It is a good practice to check in with this
vital public safety resource a couple of times
Review these safety guidelines with your family
and set ground rules before heading out. Our
office will have increased patrols along with
local Village and Town Police Departments on
October 31st, but a little planning on your part
is the best way to ensure a safe, fun Halloween.
AND BE SAFE!!!