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Posted on: October 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Child in Costume

Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins, and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween. “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment and following some common-sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” says Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller.  Sheriff Miller also recommends that supervising adults and parents adhere to the Trick-or-Treat times recommended by the City of Jacksonville and Onslow County of 5:30-8PM.

The Sheriff recommends  all Onslow County residents to follow these safety tips: 


  • Follow State and County health policies.
  • Halloween costume masks are not suitable to provide COVID-19 protection.
  • Promote the use of hand sanitizer by trick-or-treaters and their families.
  • Encourage social distancing. 
  • Avoid going to an any place where people may be crowded together.


  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. 
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. 


  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12. 
  • Check the sex offender registry at when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route.  You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.  Know the names of older children's companions. 
  • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group, not alone.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home. 
  • Establish a return time. 
  • Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home. Inspect all treats.
  • Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules. 
  • All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group. 

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