Police release 7 safety tips for Halloween trick or treaters

Posted at 8:25 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 21:26:27-04

Metro Nashville Police officials released some tips to help families stay safe while trick or treating on Halloween.

  1. Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights.
  2. Persons should give, and children should accept, only wrapped or packaged candy.
  3. Children should bring their treats home for adult inspection before the candy is eaten.
  4. Children should wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping. Reflective tape should be added.
  5. Make sure children can see well enough through their face masks. Consider make-up or face paint as an alternative.
  6. Keep costumed children away from pets, particularly dogs. The pet may not recognize the child, become frightened and react in a vicious manner.
  7. Choose costumes that are flame retardant, and use props, such as magic wands and swords made out of foam rubber or cardboard, rather than metal or wood.

Officers will be giving extra attention to neighborhoods throughout Nashville on Halloween night said they would "take very seriously distracted or careless driving as well as any disruptive behavior."

Parents can also check the state's sex offender registry map before knocking on doors in their neighborhood. Officers will beconducting sex offender checks as well.