||October 26, 2000
||"For Immediate Release"
||Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or
Trick-or-treating, celebrations and decorations are all a part of the
fun of Halloween. The Polk County Sheriff's Office would like to offer the
following safety tips for those who will be trick-or-treating:
* As a parent, supervise young children who trick-or- treat.
Participate in the festivities yourself, or direct an older responsible
* Encourage children to walk in groups. Children should walk - not run -
from house to house. Trick-or-treaters should stay out of and away from
* Children should go only to known homes, and never enter into
* Place reflective safety tape on children's costumes and treat bags.
Carry working flashlights.
* Inspect children's candy before any is eaten. Throw away any unwrapped
* Care should be used with a child's costume. Make sure masks do not
obscure a child's vision. Consider using cosmetics for a natural mask. To
avoid tripping, make sure the costume is not too long and high heels are
* Props for costumes - such as swords, knives, etc. - should be soft and
flexible replicas, not the real thing.
* When driving be especially careful and watch out for children
* Consider safer alternatives to trick-or-treating, such as attending
supervised Halloween events. Civic clubs, school groups, merchants and
recreation centers often provide organized events.
With correct supervision, children can safely participate in the
Halloween holiday traditions. Parents are encouraged to take
responsibility and use care. A little extra time can make a difference in
ensuring a safe and enjoyable holiday for all.