The City of Carlsbad Police Department would like to partner with North County residents to ensure a safe and secure Halloween. Here are some tips:

Plan ahead

  • Plan a Halloween party instead of trick-or-treating—or attend a community event
  • Chose comfortable costumes and shoes that do not restrict movement
  • Avoid dark-colored costumes
  • Use make-up rather than a mask
  • Make sure costumes are fire proof or treated with fire retardant
  • Use reflective fabric or tape to improve visibility
  • Talk to your kids about a safe trick-or-treat route and walk it in advance.
  • Talk to kids about good community behavior the consequences of vandalism and other neighborhood pranks

 Halloween day

  • Turn on exterior lights and remove objects that could cause tripping
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone – stay with an adult and in groups
  • Remind kids to steer clear of strangers or people they do not know well
  • Start early in the evening and stay in areas that are familiar
  • Carry a flashlight or a light stick and a cell phone
  • Stay in well-lit areas
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross at corners or lights; do not cross mid-block
  • While driving, be on the lookout for pedestrians
  • Avoid dark areas and houses. If the porch light is off, don’t go to that house.
  • NEVER enter a home without parental permission, even if in a group
  • Inspect all Halloween treats before eating them. Eat only treats that are sealed and/or in original packaging
  • Be the eyes and ears of your area.

Immediately report suspicious activity your local Police Department and for emergencies, call 9-1-1


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