LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Halloween is this weekend, so WINK News wants to pass along some tips to keep the festivities from turning into a nightmare!
Safety should be the first thing on everyone's mind, so be sure to review the following pointers with your family before trick-or-treating
The following safety tips can make a difference.
· Parents should accompany young children.
· Don't go inside a stranger's house, no matter what anyone says.
· Trick-or-Treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a tempting target for real life goblins.
· Make a map of your Trick-or-Treat route and check the route against the sex offender database.
· Stay in your own neighborhood.
· Stop only at well lit houses.
· Carry a flashlight or light stick.
· Use make up instead of a mask so you can see.
· Wear light colored clothing or costumes.
· Always keep a safe distance between you and moving cars.
· Be respectful of other people and their property.
· Screen all treats before you eat them.
· Don't accept and, especially, don't eat anything not commercially wrapped.
· Start early, end early.
· Use sidewalks or walk facing traffic.
· Stop, look and listen at corners.
· Walk, don't run.
· Don't go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets or into traffic.
· Don't carry sharp instruments.
· Never carry a lighted torch or candles.
Before heading out to "trick-or-treat" this Halloween, visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Sexual Offender and Predator database, http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us, to ensure the residences your children are visiting do not house registered sex offenders.