How to have a safe Halloween at school and out trick-or-treating

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Every child wants to have the coolest costume — a creepy mask, dramatic cape, or weapons from their favorite super hero.

News 8 reached out to a dozen schools in the area and though most of them say there is no district policy against costumes, teachers have set some guidelines.

Students must follow the school’s code of conduct, no full face masks or paint, no weapons, no violent costumes, and nothing too long they can trip on.

These are generalized protocols all to keep your kids safe in school. 

What should you do when trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods?

“You should never really go out alone at night trick-or treating by yourself,” said County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo to a group of second graders.

Dinolfo says to plan a route in advance and only go to familiar doors that are decorated for Halloween. 

Sex offenders have been directed to not put up lights or decorations, and to not answer their doors for anyone except for probation officers who will be checking in on sex offenders. 

“They (probation officers) will be out making visits conducting about 120 Halloween visits on all local level two and level three sex offenders, plus certain visits to level one offenders as well,” said Dinolfo.

It’s also important for kids to carry a light, wear something reflective, and use traffic signals when crossing the street.

This is not just so they can see, but so cars can see them.

Dr. Derek Wakeman from University of Rochester Medical Center says there is an uptick of children coming to the hospital on Halloween as a result from car accidents.

“Really just be aware that there are a lot more kids out and again it’s the driver’s responsibility,” said Dr. Wakeman. “Don’t drink and drive, and really be extra cautious about kids on the streets and sidewalks.”

Kids who do come to school with a costume that does not follow the code of conduct could be asked to change or go home.

Local law enforcement will be shifting their attention from the main streets to focus more on the subdivisions and neighborhoods. Officers say trick-or-treaters should not be out any later than 9 p.m., and people should stop giving out candy at that time.

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