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Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips
Sheriff Allen Riley

Sheriff Allen Riley

Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time may be a bit tricky. Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley is urging families to take a moment to consider basic safety precautions to help make your child’s Halloween a safer night of fun, for your family and our community.


  • Face paint is safer than a mask – and it’s more fun!
  • Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape.
  • Check that costumes are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a tripping hazard.

Trick-or-Treaters Should:

  • Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.
  • Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Stop, look and listen at corners, driveways or parking lot entrances.
  • Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. Stay in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick so they are more visible. Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags.
  • Carry a cell phone if trick or treating without an adult. Know when and how to call 911 if there is an emergency.
  • Be respectful of other people and their property.
  • Dress for the weather.


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