Jacobs Offers Tips for a Safe (and Spooky) Halloween

Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) and the Nassau County Police Department encourage everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween and be mindful regarding the festivities associated with this holiday.

“Halloween brings many children trick-or-treating in our communities, so it is important that parents and guardians speak to their kids about how to stay safe,” Jacobs said. “This is a night of fun and excitement, so it’s essential that we make sure our children enjoy it safely.”

A few tips for a safe and fun Halloween include:

  • Make sure children’s costumes are safe with regard to their fit and visibility, and include reflective material for nighttime hours. Children should carry a flashlight or glow stick
  • Young children should go out during daylight hours, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Older children who are able to go trick-or-treating should be advised to go in a group and to plan, with their parents, a safe route and a specific time to return home.
  • Instruct children NOT to cut through back alleys or fields, and to stay in well-lit areas.
  • Instruct children NEVER to go into a stranger’s home or car.
  • Place an emergency nametag inside the clothing of small children, in case they become separated from the group.
  • Instruct children to eat only those treats that are securely factory sealed, and only after an adult has examined them.
  • Discuss with your child the difference between tricks and vandalism.
  • Clear your hard and sidewalk of obstacles difficult to see in the dark. Light the path to your door.

The Nassau County Police Department will be utilizing marked and unmarked patrol cars to deter malicious property damage and other potential unlawful incidents. Motorists should also be cognizant of increased pedestrian traffic and operate their vehicles accordingly.

“By following these simple steps we can ensure that Halloween is just the start to a fun and safe holiday season for children and adults alike,” Jacobs said.