The Orange Police Department has put together a fantastic list of tips for both Adults and Children to ensure that you have a safe and happy Halloween. The most important thing to remember is to have patience and pay attention to your surroundings at all times.

Tips for Adults

  • If attending parties, remember to not drink and drive. Always have a designated driver.
  • Use extra care when driving on Halloween. There will be many pedestrians, especially children. Stay alert, be patient, and drive more slowly. Pay special attention when backing out of a driveway or parking space.
  • Don’t drive with a mask on. It will limit visibility. Make sure your costume will not interfere with the safe operation of your vehicle.
  • Keep pets indoors or secured in backyards. Costumes, heavy pedestrian traffic and unusual noises could create difficult situations involving your pets.
  • Make sure the front of your home is illuminated and free of tripping hazards.

Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Where possible, trick-or-treating should be done before dark.
  • Children should be accompanied by adults or older siblings.
  • Those accompanying children should carry a cell phone for emergency calls.
  • Openly discuss with children appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
  • Remind children not to eat treats until they have been inspected. Adults should inspect candy and discard any unwrapped, spoiled or unusual items.
  • Trick-or-Treaters are more visible in a group.
  • Never cut through alleys or vacant lots.
  • Remind children never to enter the home or vehicle of a stranger.
    Children should carry flashlights and wear something reflective to make them more visible after dark.
  • Remain on sidewalks and only cross in crosswalks.
  • Never assume the driver of a vehicle sees you.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity to the police.

Tips for Pets

  • Keep your pet in a quiet and safe place on Halloween. Doorbells and costumes can cause a lot of stress.
  • Keep candles out of reach as they can quickly become a hazard thanks to wagging tails and curious paws.
  • Keep pets inside. The risk of running away, biting someone or getting hurt themselves is greater on Halloween.
  • Keep the candy put away. Many candies are harmful to pets and some are even deadly.
  • Keep costumes on only when you are watching closely. Pets can chew on and ingest pieces of their costumes causing health issues.

THE ORANGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND BURGIN CONSTRUCTION WISH YOU A SAFE AND FUN HALLOWEEN!

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