Yulee, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to be careful this Halloween. “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” said Sheriff Bill Leeper.
Here are some tips from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office to make sure all those little ghosts and goblins enjoy a safe Halloween:
- Always trick or treat with an adult. Don’t allow a child to go outside alone.
- Accompany children to the door of every house they approach.
- Stay outside. Do not enter a home or apartment without adult supervision.
- Children should not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
- Remain visible. Wear bright clothing or use reflective strips on costumes. Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations. Look both ways before crossing, walk on sidewalks, and obey traffic signals and stop signs. Always walk; never run across streets or lawns.
- Trick or Treat at friendly homes. Children should be warned to never approach a house that is not well lit and does not have a porch light or outside light on.
- Do not go onto property’s that are marked “Keep Out”, “No Trespassing”, and “No Solicitors Allowed”.
- Never eat any candy until an adult checks it. Dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, has been opened, or isn’t wrapped.
- Children should immediately report to their parents and/or law enforcement if they see or experience anything suspicious. Instruct children to shout for help and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them into involuntary situations.
- A great alternative to trick or treating is for parents to attend community trick or treat events or organize at-home parties.
The Florida-Georgia college football game will also be held on Halloween starting at 3:30 p.m., so there will be more traffic on our roads after the game.
“The safety of our children is on our minds each and every day,” Leeper said. “The celebrations and traditions that go along with Halloween add to the importance of monitoring our children’s activity and giving them the guidance to help keep them safe.”