How to Stay Safe This Halloween

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff offers tips for trick-or-treating safely this Halloween.

Here's a note from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office about keeping your family safe this Halloween:

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to offer children and adults some safety tips for those taking part in trick-or-treat or other Halloween activities. The Office of the Sheriff wants everyone to have a fun, but safe Halloween. 

  • Wear a costume that makes it easier for you to walk, see and be seen. Costumes should be light, bright and clearly visible to motorists.
  • Purchase costumes, masks, beards and wigs that are made with flame-resistant fabrics and look for the “flame-resistant'' label. 
  • Use reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights on the costumes. Bags or sacks children use for their treats should be decorated with reflective tape.
  • Trick-or-treat when there is still light outside. Stop only at homes where the outside light is on. 
  • Plan your trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Pick well-lit streets.
  • Cross only at corners; obey traffic signals. Never cross between parked cars or mid-block.
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home unless you are with a trusted adult.
  • Carry a flashlight so you can see and be seen.
  • If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic. 
  • Children should always trick-or-treat under the supervision of adults. Trick-or-treat in a group.
  • Do not let children accept homemade or unwrapped treats.
  • Children should not eat any treats before an adult has examined them for evidence of tampering. 
  • Report any suspicious activity to your local police department. 

Parents and guardians can also see if any registered sex offenders reside in the areas where trick or treating is planned. Simply log on to www.meganslaw.ca.gov. The Sheriff’s Office currently monitors over 300 registered sex offenders in the unincorporated areas of the county. 

Also on Halloween, several law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa will be conducting anti-DUI saturation patrols where officers will be cracking down on impaired drivers.

What measures do you take to make sure your family is safe at Halloween? Comment below.

Bob Brittain October 31, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Be sure not to have any fun either! Geez. We struggle every year to find decent food treats for kids but our choices seem to always violate one rule or another. That's even if we don't use our evil wiles to imbed broken needles or razor blades in the treats. Urban legends are grist for lazy media paranoia. Reminds me of the silly voter fraud issue.
Chris J Kapsalis October 31, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I always have all my candy x-rayed. You never know what might be inside of it.
Chris J Kapsalis October 31, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I shouls say I was just kidding. But we do keep our black cat indoors on Halloween also I drive extra careful on Halloween. People should be aware of trick or treaters that may cross the street quickly or suddenly and so on. Just slow down a bit. ( Someone tried to steel our black cat 10 years ago on Halloween and since then I have been worried for them. )
Bob Brittain October 31, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Chris, I never drive even close to dark on Halloween - you're right. Keeping pets indoors well before dark is also intelligent.
Ophelia OBrien October 31, 2012 at 04:50 AM
It's amazing that past generations made it to adulthood. Our parents were so neglectful! Oh, bubble wrapped children!
Frozen Waffles October 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Best way to stay safe and have a good time, go see some of the great movies playing today. "Young Frankenstein" is playing in Walnut Creek at 7pm. One of THE best movies of all time. Or, you can always catch "Halloween" at 10pm in San Francisco. Best scary movie that started a new genre of films.
Linda Meza October 31, 2012 at 01:28 PM
The cautions mentioned are pretty common sense. In urban areas where street lights and sidewalks are everywhere, the need for some of the precautions mentioned aren't as necessary but in suburban areas where sidewalks and street lights aren't a part of the landscape I don't see how these suggestions are robbing the little costumed beggars of the joys of childhood :) Happy Halloween!
DONALD E. BARKLEY October 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I PRAY All have safe night halloween and rest of days of year! STILL MEZA L MEZA: Why do you not have the simple decency to answer the statement's you made about me! Also to answer as to just "WHAT THE HECK" You were doing acting.as it becomes clearer as an AGENT of MARTINEZ... with Zero Guidance or Permission from our Elected Officials! Does "ACTING GOOFY" (and people I am sorry that I am talking with what "MAY SEEM" Disrespectful manner's/ However Ms MEZA has attacked ME and then RAN like a Coward)! Plus She seems to have PLEDGED TAX Payer Dollars, On some "Secret Scheme"! She Won't Answer on here To what she said! Maybe MARK ROSS, or any Council Member can tell me, When she was appointed to some AD-HOc, committee..that she was enameled to engage in "very time sensitive matter's"...and when is her next "report due"! Mark This is sure not aimed at you/I Fear it is/a "Black Op? DEAL! so Boooooo /I Was trying To SCARE THE TRUTH FROM OUT OF YOU! Hmm The "Offended Party" in one and TAXPAYER FRIEND in the Second! Please L MEZA don't just change name// and beat and just drone on about Alford's (aka "Pollack Spelling)! Either way.. You also have a safe Halloween just please answer! /no not as Dramatic as the "Sky Writing" In the "Wizard of Oz"!! Just in (Secret ink on here.just as I am using..so nobody else can see..ok) Come on people Humor her Donald E. Barkley
Linda Meza October 31, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Don, I said hello to you in Safeway, if you had an issue you should have brought it up then. Try decaf.
Robert Rothgery October 31, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Thanks, ever so much Mr. Barkley. It is 9:15 am and I am already shivering scared for my continued sanity. After attempting to read your comment I realized it was the Patch version of an etymological zombie attack. It is a compound conjecture mingled with rust stained screaming upper case guttural snorting blustering through a lexicon of perjoratives. Since today is Halloween I will ceremoniously cower in a corner of my office with my Chicago Manual of Style for comfort. Perhaps tomorrow the word zombies will be in retreat. Happy Halloween!
MIKE ALFORD November 01, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Yes Mr.Barkley -- you need to calm yourself down you are just too,too wound up! see what you bring out of the woodwork ! well than agane mabey theres a reverse phyc. to your post to make halloween safety keep (them) on the internet and on patch ! Dam your a genius ! if you keep (them) on here and off the streets of Martinez every one will be safe ! thank you Mr. Barkley !!! no wonder they wont engage you Im glad to see you have got our health & safety taken care on Halloween !!! I think we can all go to sleep knowing that youve got them trapped on the patch !
Emily Henry (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Sorry to hear that, Jeff! Where abouts are you?
DONALD E. BARKLEY November 01, 2012 at 05:44 PM
L Meza: You baffled and sadden me! After 6+ weeks of me begging that you answer some questions,You chastise me! That if I have an Issue with you "Talk to me at Safeway where I said Hello!// Hello back I am sure again/however I have zero idea what who you are in person! Also This is a question asked many many times/IN A PUBLIC FORUM! Fully 1/2 PLUS is about TAXPAYER Monies! They have a right to .....Hear Your Answers/! I am not an official, that's why a "Public Question"... Needs a Public answer! Not in the middle of a store, Why are you hiding from the TAXPAYER's? Telling me "ASK ME THERE" odd! Then You are so "WITTY" ...notttt adding "Try some DECAF"! You Try just answering the Question in Public! You should know of what you speak, // sigh I fear (Ignorance is your BEST DEFENSE) isn't it!
DONALD E. BARKLEY November 01, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Now Meza... as to your statement about "decaf" and no it wasn't a "figure of speech it was meant to insult! What you did was just open "Old but Painful wounds" In my families life! At age 11 my Mother had a bad STROKE/ It was early morning I was there, Holding my MOM as she SHOOK..//Well all the terrible signs/Telling her "You'll be ok MOM... as I PRAYED THAT IT BE SO! My Dad was on the phone getting Medical Treatment to be sent! Thank GOD she recovered completely//However one of the don't do things....Was Drink Coffee//!! You don't care but I did so I have never had any coffee in my life, as a support to my MOM! Also I sure don't mind if other's enjoy their Coffee for some there are ,studies now that say it can help some people! However Meza all you did was "Bring up sad Memories"! Yes all Families have Tragedies, sadly! Yet You implied something that was//well what you are so GOOD AT....Lying! Leave My Family Memories good or bad alone, know of what YOU SPEAK! Also Please answer the same Questions Posted in many places/ Don't LIE and say I can't find them.....or /just ask I shall repost! You are not forgiven for bringing up "Sadness"..... your Lies they like you are so pedestrian! Donald E. Barkley
Mike November 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Barkley, if you want to be taken seriously, I suggest you find someone who can teach you how to use punctuation.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I am shutting down this thread. Halloween is over. Mr. Barkley, I understand your frustration over not having your question answered. But apparently there is no answer forthcoming. So I'm asking you now to drop it. Thank you.


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