You already know the Halloween safety basics: garlic for the vampires, sage for the evil spirits, a bucket of water to melt the wicked witch, but what else can you do to keep your little trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween?

Local sheriffs share some safety tips that can help make your family, your community, and yourself safer and more fun this Hallows Eve.

  • Watch for children wherever you go: parking lots, roadways, medians, curbs, alleys, and driveways. Kids are excited and they may not be paying attention or be noticeable from your vehicle.
  • Make sure your child is accompanied by an elder if out trick-or-treating under the age of 12 and know who’s joining them if in a group.
  • Know who’s living in your child’s trick-or-treating route by checking the sex offender registry
  • Teach your children to only stop at well-lit homes and to never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Establish a return time and to only eat treats when kids get back home after being inspected by an adult (fully wrapped and not strange looking, smelling or feeling)
  • Make sure your child knows their home telephone number and to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
  • Identify your child before they head out by pining slip of paper with name, address and phone number in their pocket in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your child’s costume is safe: fire retardant, weather appropriate, and visible if child is out after dark.
  • Non-toxic, U.S. approved, and federal standard compliant Halloween makeup is a safer alternative to masks that could obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Weapon-like costume accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials, not actual sharp objects.
  • Flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire.
  • Do not leave your house unattended.

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"Halloween is a fun time,” Davidson County Sheriff Grice shared in a press release, "but let’s make it a safe time as well. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes."

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