PITTSBORO, N.C. — The streets of Chatham County soon will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins and witches.
To help ensure a more enjoyable and safe Halloween, Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster has offered some safety tips.
Remember when designing your children's costumes that face paint is preferable to a mask. Masks should have adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision.
All trick-or-treaters should wear some sort of reflective clothing, carry a bright orange bag. They also should carry a flashlight or glow stick to make it easier for passing cars to spot them as they walk on the sidewalk or left side of the road facing traffic.
Young children always should be accompanied by an adult. A parent or older child should stay within close range at all times and never let the children go down a street by themselves. Walk with the children to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.
Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or-treating and never should venture down a dark, empty side street. Parents should know the route that their children are following.
Children always should walk together to the front door of each house and never run across the street or across the yard. Dark, unlighted houses should be avoided.
Tell your children to save all their candy until they get home. You should closely inspect all candy. Throw away all unwrapped candy or any suspicious looking goodies.
If your child does get sick, try to determine what he or she had eaten and where it came from. Call your doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers.
Remember that your Jack-o-lantern and any other electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of reach of small children and away from flammable materials such as draperies, furniture and paper decorations. Do not leave your house unattended.
"Halloween is a fun time in Chatham County," Webster said. "But let's make it a safe time as well."