October 26, 2011 Halloween Safety

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release







For Immediate Release:

Press Release:

October 26, 2011


Halloween is an exciting time for children and adults.  Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween.   Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks is reminding motorists to watch for children in dark clothing that may be darting out from between parked cars and walking on roadways. Trick-or-treaters should not assume the right of way because motorists may have trouble seeing them. Even if one car stops, another may not.


To help ensure that everyone remains safe, other safety tips to remember are as follows:


·         Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.  Know the names of older children's companions.

·         Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.

·         Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.

·         Establish a return time.

·         Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.

·         Pin a slip of paper with the child's name; address and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.


  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.
  • Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped, or has a strange odor, color or texture.



  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire. 
  • Do not leave your house unattended.


"Halloween is a fun time,” Sheriff Elks concluded, "But let’s make it a safe time as well.  The major dangers are not from goblins and ghost, but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes. “

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director


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