It’s Oct. 31, which means children across the Coachella Valley will be trick or treating for Halloween.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has provided the following tips to ensure children and parents have a safe Halloween.
- Have your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
- Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, vandalism and crimes against children.
- Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.
- Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened or injured.
- Use extreme caution when driving. Watch for excited children, whose vision may be obscured by masks, running onto the street.
- Avoid unnecessary travel, but drive slowly and be alert.
- Be aware of small children when backing out of a driveway.
- Set a specific time to return home and designate a specific route for them to follow.
- Always be with at least two friends.
- Carry flashlight so you’re visible to drivers and you can see other people and hazards in the street.
- Cross only at street corners and never between parked cars or diagonally across an intersection.
- Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk across the street in sidewalks.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Do not take short cuts through backyards, alleys or parks.
- Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch or front door area at all times.
- Tell children not to eat treats until parents have inspected them.
- Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
- Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
- Make sure children’s costumes are not flammable.
- Do not let children wear cumbersome, floor length or vision-impairing costumes.
- In lieu of masks, face makeup is recommended.
- Wear comfortable and safe shoes.