Halloween Safety Tips from the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office

The pumpkins of Halloween may not look menacing to you at first, there are quite a few scary and dangerous things that could happen on Halloween.  For the unaware and unsuspecting, danger lurks amongst the ghost, ghouls and vampire zombies of Halloween.  While it is our hope that everyone has a fun and carefree day full of adorable children dressed in costumes, our friends at the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office have provided a few safety tips to make sure your Halloween is full of treats rather than tricks.

  1. Walk only on sidewalks.  If you must cross the street with your treat-seeking child, make sure to look both ways before crossing the street.  Trick-or-treating traditionally happens after dark, so both parents and drivers need to be on the lookout for candy-fueled children who want to run down the center of the road.  Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common around Halloween, but can be prevented with caution and care.
  2. Keep obstructions away from your/your child’s face. Scary masks and elaborate hats can be fun for Halloween, but if you can’t see, you are more likely to trip over objects, steps or into oncoming traffic.  Avoid these potential hazards by maintaining an unobstructed view of your surroundings.
  3. Do not go into the homes of strangers. If you do not know someone who invites you into their home, do not go in!  There are so many bad and scary things that could happen in such a scenario.  Use good, sound decision-making skills and refuse to enter the home of anyone you do not know.
  4. Do not allow a stranger into your home. There is no reason to let anyone inside your home that you do not know.  If someone claims to need to use your bathroom or the telephone, you should not let them unless you know them.  Just because you are handing out free candy to strangers dressed in costume, it does not mean that any of these individuals should be permitted into your home.
  5. Do not allow children to wander around alone. Children should always be accompanied by an adult when walking around at night, but especially on Halloween.  Increased traffic in the neighborhood and people dressed up as vampires and zombies are just a couple of the many good reasons to accompany your child when walking outside at night.
  6. Remember to blow out your pumpkin. Holiday lights are spectacular, but an unattended pumpkin left burning amongst your decorative gourds and autumnal wreaths could result in an unfortunate home fire.  Make sure you blow all candles out and that they are, in fact, fully extinguished before you go to bed on Halloween night.

We’ve all seen Halloween-based horror movies and you don’t want your own Halloween to mimic these story lines.  Please feel free to share these tips with your friends and loved ones.  If any trouble arises, you know that you can call the men and women of the Gulf Coast Sheriff’s Office.  Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!


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