The Washoe County Sheriff's Office offers a list of tips about how to keep Halloween fun and safe for kids and families while out trick-or-treating. The Reno Police Department also publishes a list of Halloween safety tips. Of course, many of these precautions apply throughout the year.
Tips for Safe Halloween Trick-or-Treating
- Younger children should never trick-or-treat alone. Have them accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager.
- An adult should accompany children to the door of every house.
- Children should not enter a house or apartment without an adult.
- Children should not approach any vehicle, whether or not it is occupied.
- Trick-or-treaters should wear bright clothing or use reflective strips on costumes. Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations just as you always should. Walk from house-to-house and never run across streets or lawns.
- Warn children not to approach a house that is not well lit and does not have a porch light or outside light on.
- Do not venture onto property that is signed "Keep Out," "No Trespassing," "No Solicitors Allowed," or similar indications that residents may not be friendly to trick-or-treaters.
- Children should not eat any candy until an adult checks it. Anything that appears to have been tampered with, has been opened, or isn't wrapped should be discarded.
- Children should immediately report to their parents and/or law enforcement if they see or experience anything suspicious.
- Instruct children to shout for help and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them into involuntary situations.
- Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
- A great alternative to trick-or-treating in the streets is to take kids to a safe trick-or-treating event or organize Halloween parties at home.
Free Halloween Candy X-Ray from the Washoe County Sheriff
On October 31 and November 1, you can bring Halloween candy for free X-ray screening at the Washoe County District Courthouse main entrance, 75 Court Street in Reno. Sheriff's court security officers will provide this free service from 8 a.m. to midnight on both days. The X-ray machines only detect metal objects. Halloween treats that are otherwise suspect should be discarded.
More Halloween Activities
- Halloween Pumpkin Patches
- Haunted Houses
- Halloween Fun at the Washoe County Library
- Halloween for Adults
- Halloween Costumes and Supplies
- More Halloween Events in Northern Nevada
Sources: Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno Police Department.