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.