Flagler County sheriff’s deputies will increase area patrols on Mon., Oct. 31, as ghouls and goblins hit the streets to trick-or-treat for the Halloween holiday. Here are a few simple safety tips to ensure that everyone stays safe on Halloween.


  • Costumes should be easy to move in and face masks should not obstruct your vision.

  • Wear reflective tape or use a flashlight.

  • Don’t go trick-or-treating alone.

  • Only visit well-lit homes if going door to door.

  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing any road.

  • All candy should be inspected by an adult before eating.

  • Due to the recent issues associated with clowns, if you are going to wear a clown costume, do not engage in any scary behavior or behavior that may be considered to be threatening or criminal.


  • Supervise your children at all times. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

  • Tell your children to bring home their candy to be inspected before they eat it. Put aside anything that looks suspicious.

  • Think twice before letting children use simulated weapons. If they do, be sure the weapons do not appear to be authentic and make sure they are made from soft, pliable material.

  • Develop emergency plans in case of separation, accident or an unexpected emergency.

  • Make sure you set a time that your trick-or-treaters should be home.


  • Reduce your speed, especially when you see trick-or-treaters.

  • Be extra careful at dusk when visibility is poor.

  • Use your headlights.

  • Be observant; watch out for children who may dart out from yards or driveways.

  • Don’t let children ride unsecured in the back of pickups or similar vehicles.


  • Keep your porch light on if you’re giving away treats.

  • Make sure your yard is clear of debris or hazards that might injure someone.

  • Properly restrain your pets for the safety of visitors and your pets.