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Trick-or-Treaters Wear costumes that are brightly colored and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well, (even if they don’t go with the costume), and insure that costumes are short enough not to drag on the ground so as to prevent tripping, entanglement. Carry a flashlight Never assume you have the right of way. Motorists may have trouble-seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will. Stay in groups, walk slowly, don’t run and communicate where you are going. Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat. Stay on Sidewalks. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic. Obey traffic signals Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury. Stay in familiar neighborhoods Don't cut across yards or driveways. Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house. Teach children their home phone number and to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone. Approach only houses that are lit. Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.

For further information Contact the Columbia Police Crime Prevention Office (803)545-3555


Parents Discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time. Children should have a cell phone, or carry quarters so they can call home. Ideally, an adult should accompany young children of any age. If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark. Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home. Know where your children will be Trick-or-treating. Have children bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything. Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect. Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard. Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community. Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. They should wait until they get home and parents have had a chance to inspect the goodies. To help prevent children from munching, give them a snack or light meal before they go – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. Discard any homemade candy or baked goods. Parents should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys. Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. Hats and scarf's should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes.

For further information Contact the Columbia Police Crime Prevention Office (803)545-3555


Homeowners Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for flowerpots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house. Keep you outdoor steps, porch and walkways well lit. Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater. Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame. If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing. Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle. Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, and coins. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations. Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard. Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.

For further information Contact the Columbia Police Crime Prevention Office (803)545-3555

Halloween Tips  

A collection of halloween tips from the Columbia Police Department

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