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Halloween Safety Recommendations


October 29, 2013


Patrol and Flex officers will be giving extra attention to neighborhoods throughout Nashville on Halloween night and will take very seriously distracted or careless driving as well as any disruptive behavior.
Parents are urged to closely monitor their children’s trick-or-treat activities and help keep them safe by complying with these safety recommendations:

  • Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights.
  • Persons should give, and children should accept, only wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Children should bring their treats home for adult inspection before the candy is eaten.
  • Children should wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping. Reflective tape should be added.
  • Make sure children can see well enough through their face masks. Consider make-up or face paint as an alternative.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets, particularly dogs. The pet may not recognize the child, become frightened and react in a vicious manner.
  • Choose costumes that are flame retardant, and use props, such as magic wands and swords made out of foam rubber or cardboard, rather than metal or wood.
Halloween has been historically safe for Nashville and officers will be working to ensure the same is true Thursday.  Officers will take a zero tolerance approach to criminal
behavior as well as pranks that cross the line.