Sheriff's Office gives suggestions for safe trick-or-treating

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office encourages all parents and guardians who have children going out Halloween trick-or-treating tonight to understand some of the possible dangers involved. Here are a few safety tips that will help ensure a safe Halloween.

Preparing the Ghosts

and Goblins

• Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat.

• Together, map out a safe route so you know where they'll

be.

• Remind them not to take short cuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.

• Try to get kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out.

• If it's dark, have them take a flashlight.

• Remind them to always cross the street at corners or intersections.

• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local law enforcement agency.

Motorists

• Drive with caution this evening, especially through neighborhoods. You never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.

• Watch for kids crossing in the middle of the block and for those coming out from behind parked cars.

Safe Costumes

• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.

• Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision.

• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.