UTICA, N.Y. – Ahead of the Halloween holiday, Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol reminds parents and children to keep safety in mind when trick-or-treating.
Since rain is anticipated throughout the day on Thursday, Maciol says wearing reflective clothing and flashlights will be important accessories while walking around neighborhoods, especially those with high traffic.
“We don't want kids to be scared to go out, but at the same time, we want them to be cautious. I think a lot of it comes back to the parents to make sure you have a talk with your kids before they head out. Try to stay in the neighborhoods you're familiar with,” said Maciol.
Maciol also reminds children not to travel alone, and never enter a stranger’s home while trick-or-treating.
As always, parents and children should also check all candy before eating it.