Patch wants you to have a safe and fun Halloween. Here are some tips on knowing where to go, including how to see if a registered sex offender lives in your neighborhood.
Although some registered sex offenders are reminded not to open their doors to children on Halloween, the Largo Police Department encourages people to check the map provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement before heading out to trick-or-treat, police officials said.
Go to the FDLE's Neighborhood Search page, type in your address and find out how many sex offenders live nearby.
Here are some safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Go in groups with a trusted adult.
- Wear reflective tape on your costume, so drivers can see you more easily.
- Check treats before eating for tampering or choking hazards.
- Walk from house-to-house with a flashlight. Don't run.
- Test makeup in a small area, take it off before bedtime to help avoid skin irritations.
- Make sure costume accessories like swords and knives are short, soft and flexible.
- Avoid decorative contact lenses, they can hurt your eyes, according to the FDA
- Make sure your costumes and shoes fit to avoid tripping and falling.
- Don't stop at houses where the lights are off.
- More Halloween food safety tips from the USDA
- More Costume safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission