Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott would like to remind all adults and children of some very basic but necessary precautions that need to be taken during this upcoming Halloween.

Parents and Children:

  • Children should always trick or treat with an adult or older sibling. Never go alone.
  • Stay in your neighborhood and only go to homes you are familiar with.
  • Stay out of the road as much as possible and always walk facing traffic.
  • Children should wear costumes that do not restrict movement or limit vision. Costumes should allow children to easily see and move about freely.
  • Carry a flashlight or some other type of illuminating device and wear something reflective.
  • Do not accept anything from anyone in a vehicle.
  • Turn on porch lights and yard lights.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Sheriff’s Department immediately.
  • Use costumes with light or bright colored material and trim.
  • Check to see that the costume does not interfere with walking.
  • Encourage children to use face paint and/or make-up rather than hoods, wigs or masks that can block vision.
  • Teach children not to cut across yards. Clotheslines and yard ornaments are invisible in the dark.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Check all treats before the children eat the candy and other Halloween goodies. Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
  • Restrict Trick or Treat visits to homes with porch or outside lights on.
  • Don’t go into homes.
  • Give children a flashlight and fresh batteries so they can see and be seen.
  • Children should Trick or Treat in groups, NEVER alone. An adult should accompany children.
  • Set a time limit for your children to Trick or Treat. Designate a specific route for them to take.
  • Children should obey all pedestrian safety laws: wait for green lights, walk, never run into the street, look left, right then left again before entering the street traffic. Cross only at street corners and never between parked cars.

Motorists:

  • Slowdown in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic laws.
  • Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters darting out in traffic whose vision may be obscured by masks.
  • Enter and exit driveways with caution.
  • If you are driving children around the neighborhood, make sure they enter and exit the car on the curbside.
  • Drivers should not wear a mask or a costume that makes it difficult to move your arms and legs while driving.
  • Designate a driver for “adult parties”.

Citizens are urged to report any crimes of vandalism, i.e. egging homes, throwing tissues in trees, other dangerous pranks, etc., immediately.

For additional safety tips please visit rcsd.net.