Halloween Safety Tips

  •  Children should always walk with an adult. Teenagers should always walk with a         group of friends.
  • Never enter into a stranger’s house.
  • Do not eat candies until an adult checks them.
  • Once adults checked the candy bag, the children can eat only factory wrapped candy and throw away any homemade treats or unknown candy.
  • Do not reveal personal information such as the school the kid is going to, where lives, age, family names and surnames, telephone numbers, etc.
  • Use flashlights, glow sticks, or reflective tape to make it easier to be seen at night.
  • Both, parents and children, should be in constant communication about where their children are.
  • “Trick or treat” is only for houses, not for cars. Do not approach a car if they offer sweets, brochures, or anything else.
  • Pay attention to cars pulling in or out of driveways.
  • The recommended average time to go looking for candy is from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
  • If you offer a Halloween party, do not serve alcoholic beverages to children under 21.
  • Houses should be illuminated for safety, even when they are decorated.
  • Walk. Do not run.
  • Use crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  • Stay off the roads and use the sidewalk when possible.
  • Costumes and shoes should fit to avoid trips and falls.
  • Costumes accessories such as swords shouldn’t be sharp. They should be soft and flexible. Avoid carrying any realistic toy weapons.

How do you know if a sex offender or predator lives near your home?

1. Go to:  fdle.state.fl.us.
2. Click Quick Links, then go to the EIS section and click on Sex Offender / Predator Database.
3. In Neighborhood Search, enter your home address.
4. A letter H will appear. That is your home. Sex offenders or predators that are around your home are represented by houses and awnings of different colors.
5. Click on the name of the aggressor or sexual predator in one of those houses or awnings and a new window will open with  that person’s record: primary information, aliases, scars, marks and tattoos, home address, crimes committed, victims, and any vehicles or vessels the person owns.

On Halloween, and in general, they are strictly prohibited from having intentional contact with any minor.
Source: Officer Luis Martinez and Rey Valdez, Public Information Officer