Here are the Sheriff’s Halloween safety tips from Riverside Sheriffs


Tips for adults

  • Welcome trick-or-treaters with porch lights and exterior lights on.
  • Report suspicious or criminal activity to law enforcement immediately.
  • Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened or injured.

Tips for motorists

  • Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited children, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
  • Motorists should avoid all unnecessary travel on Halloween evening, and when driving they should drive slowly and be alert.
  • Many accidents occur when motorists are backing vehicles out of driveways, unaware of the presence of small children.


  • Tell children to be back home and designate a specific route for them to take.
  • Tell children to never trick-or-treat alone. Go with at least two friends for the entire evening.
  • Tell children to carry a flashlight and use it so drivers can see them and so they can see hazards in the street as well as other people.
  • Tell children to cross only at street corners – never between parked cars and never diagonally across an intersection.
  • Tell children to look in all directions before crossing the street and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
  • Tell children not accept rides from strangers.
  • Tell children to not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks.
  • Tell children to not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch/front door area at all times.

Tips for Treats

  • 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.

Tips for Costumes

  • Make sure children’s costumes are not flammable. In lieu of masks, face makeup is recommended.
  • Do not permit children to use floor-length or vision-impairing costumes. Wear comfortable and safe shoes.