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Prepare to have safe Halloween with tips from the sheriff’s office

Happy Halloween

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that preparation is the key to a safe Halloween experience. Sheriff’s deputies will be paying extra attention to the residential areas during trick or treating hours. If you see suspicious activity or need assistance, remember to call your local police or sheriff’s office.

Listed below are safety tips to help you prepare. More tips will be shared here Oct. 30 and 31.

Tips for motorists

  • Due to the number of children out on the street on Halloween evening, motorists should be very careful driving along city streets, especially in neighborhoods, during designated trick-or-treat hours.
  • Avoid talking on a cell phone or other distracting activities.
  • Remember that excited children may dart out into traffic at any time without warning.
  • Drive with your headlights on, even during daylight trick-or-treat hours, so that your vehicle is more visible to children.

Safety on the road

  • Trick-or-treaters should use sidewalks instead of the street whenever possible and always cross at crosswalks.
  • Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Teach children to never assume they are seen by a vehicle. Small children may be especially difficult to spot in the dark.
  • Children should also carry flashlights after dark to easily see and be seen.