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The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office would like to urge parents and caregivers who have children going out to “Trick-or-Treat” to be sure that their children follow a few simple safety measures to help them be safe this upcoming Halloween.

Although Halloween is meant to be a time of fun, it also places children in potentially dangerous traffic situations since they are out on the streets after dark while at the same time there is an increase in traffic. In order to be safer while walking on the roadways and in general, the Sheriff’s Office urges parents and children to please follow these tips:

  • Be bright at night—use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, wear light colors, and carry flashlights.
  • Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision, and wear lighter colored costumes.
  • Always look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing roadways.
  • Cross at corners, not between parked cars or mid-block.
  • Always walk on the sidewalks if there are any, but if there are no sidewalks then walk facing traffic on the left side of the road.
  • Younger children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Plan your route and don’t approach dark or unlit houses.
  • Parents should always look through their child’s candy before allowing the child to eat it.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house or car.

Adults that may be out attending parties this Halloween are reminded to drive safely and watch for kids on the roadways, and to always have a designated driver if they consume alcoholic beverages.