Richland County Sheriff's deputies are urging adults and children to be aware of basic but important safety precautions as Halloween approaches.
Children should always trick or treat with an adult or older sibling. Never go alone.
Stay in your neighborhood and only go to homes you are familiar with.
Stay out of the road as much as possible and always walk facing traffic.
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• Wear costumes that do not restrict movement or limit vision. Costumes should allow children to easily see and move about freely.
• Carry a flashlight or some other type of illuminating device, and wear something reflective. Use new batteries for flashlights.
• Do not accept anything from anyone in a vehicle.
• Turn on porch lights and yard lights.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Sheriff’s Department immediately.
• Encourage children to use face paint and/or make-up rather than hoods, wigs or masks that can block vision.
• Do not cut across yards; clotheslines and yard ornaments are invisible in the dark.
• Do not accept rides from strangers.
• Check all treats before eating, and discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
• Trick or Treat at homes with porch or outside lights on.
• Don’t go into homes.
• Trick or Treat in groups, NEVER alone. An adult should accompany children.
• Set a time limit for trick or treating, and designate a specific route.
• Children should obey all pedestrian safety laws: wait for green lights, walk, never run into the street, look left, right then left again before entering the street traffic. Cross only at street corners and never between parked cars.