POSTED: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:25pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office will host its 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat With Deputies October 31 at the Elvin Street BREC Park located at 9350 Antigua from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Trick-or-Treat with Deputies is a free, family-oriented event that provides a fun and safe environment for children to celebrate Halloween. There will be food, drinks, entertainment, games, a costume contest, door prizes and more.
Also, the EBRSO is having a cake decorating contest tomorrow. Deputies will enter their Halloween cakes, and Sheriff Gautreaux will choose a winner at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at EBRSO’s downtown office in the lobby.
EBRSO Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
• Accompany children under 12.
• Plan a safe route with good lighting. Give your children a flashlight with fresh batteries or a glow stick to increase visibility.
• Pin a slip of paper with your child's name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case he or she gets separated from the group.
• Make sure costumes are flame-resistant and fit correctly.
• Inspect treats before eating. Throw out unwrapped or unpackaged candy.
• Look both ways before crossing the street and check for approaching vehicles.
• Cross the street only at corners.
• Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only visit houses with lights on.
• If you visit a stranger’s house, accept treats only at the door. Don’t go inside.
• Use face paint or make-up instead of masks. Masks can obstruct your vision.
• Slow down in residential neighborhoods.
• When driving, watch for children walking along roadways and curbs – one quick move and they could be in your path.
• Enter and exit driveways carefully.
• Use your vehicle’s headlights, even during the day, so you are visible.
• When driving children to and from holiday events, have them enter and exit at the curbside of the vehicle only.