It’s a night most parents, children, teens and seniors look forward to.
Walking from house to house, one can hear collective coos coming from doorsteps, as little lambs and cowboys say: “Trick-or-treat.”
As dusk begins to fall, preteens and their siblings make their way outdoors, dressed as witches, ghosts and goblins.
With the cool fall weather, brightly lit pumpkins and dozens of costume-clad children, Forsyth County residents know Halloween is here.
Despite the holiday’s lighthearted nature, officials are warning trick-or-treaters and others to stay safe this Halloween, stressing they want just treats and no tricks on aTuesday.
Here are some tips from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers, as well as the American Automobile Association, AAA.
Lighting and roads
• If trick-or-treating after dark, make sure to have a flashlight, glow stick and/or a reflective bag
• Make sure costumes also have reflective material so that when headlights hit them, they bounce back quickly and are obvious to motorists.
• Motorists should slow down in residential neighborhoods and drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit while watching for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
• Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys and keep headlights on to make a car more visible – even in the daylight.
• Lights on costumes are also welcome
• Look both ways before crossing the street
• Ensure masks don’t obstruct vision, which is especially important when crossing streets and going up and down steps.
• Younger children should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling and travel in groups
• If older children are heading out without a parent or guardian, a time limit should be preset for their arrival home
• Always follow lighted paths and sidewalks; don’t wander into dark places, especially not alone
• Stay on sidewalks and don’t cut across yards – bees, snakes and wasps may still be active
• Wear proper walking shoes
• If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
• Be sure children’s costumes are flame-resistant or made of a fire-resistant material. Those that are homemade or of cheaper grade can be somewhat dangerous
• If the costume is flowy or billowy, keep it short enough so a child or other person will not trip and fall
• If a costume does catch fire, stop, drop and roll
• Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint.
• Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
• Children should not eat any treats until they have been inspected by an adult
• Parents should check all the treats in a well-lit area and throw out anything not sealed
• Be aware if a child has a food or nut allergy.
*Parents can visit the sheriff’s office website, s2c.forsythsheriff.org, to find sex offenders in their neighborhoods.