Charleston PD releases tips to keep you safe this Halloween

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department has released safety tips for parents, trick-or-treaters, businesses and motorists this Halloween.


  • Carry a flashlight
  • Stay in a group with an adult
  • Never enter a stranger's house or car
  • Always walk on the sidewalk, if there is no sidewalk, walk on the grass away from the street.
  • Do not "criss-cross" the street. Go to all the houses on one side, then cross the street to go back.
  • Look both ways before crossing.
  • Remove masks before crossing the street.
  • Wait for an adult to check your candy before eating it.
  • Only accept treats from neighbors, friends, and people you know.


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags
  • Always carry a flashlight
  • If wearing a mask, cut the eye holes bigger to see better.
  • Remind children to remove masks before crossing the street.
  • Children should not use props such as guns, knives, or swords. If so, make sure they do not look real.
  • Remove obstacles such as flower pots and garden hoses from your yard to prevent kids from tripping.
  • Remind children not to eat any treats until you check them
  • If schools are having Halloween party, call and ask.
  • Explain to older children the difference between a trick and vandalism.
  • Trick-or-treating ends at 10 p.m.
  • No one over age 16 may wear a mask in public
  • If attending late night events or costume parties, wait until arriving to wear any masks.

Businesses and Motorists

  • Place "no masks" sign on business doors
  • Be cautious of purchases that have a potential to cause personal injury or damage property, such as paintball guns, and large quantities of eggs.
  • Drive slowly through neighborhoods and be cautious of children.

If you see any suspicious activity immediately contact authorities at 843-743-7200, the Charleston Police Department advises.

For emergencies, call 911.

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