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Camarillo Police Officer Halloween Safety Tips
10/16/2017 8:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Camarillo Police Officer Halloween Safety Tips

Report Number:



City of Camarillo

Date & Time:

October 16, 2017

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department/ Community Resource Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence






Halloween has been celebrated on October 31st in the United States since the early 1800's and is traditionally a family-oriented holiday when children and some adults get to dress up and enjoy candy and other treats. Halloween is a time for fun with friends, family and neighbors with children trick-or-treating door-to-door. Most people are friendly and nice, but there are some who play cruel tricks on children and ruin the good time.


In order to assist the Camarillo community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the Camarillo Police Department has compiled the following Halloween safety tips to ensure everyone has a ghoulishly fun time:



  • Please slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. In dark costumes, they'll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible ' even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.






  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger's home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.



  • Be bright at night ' wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don't obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it face down in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.


Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger


News Release Date:

October 16, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger


shawn.holzberger@ventura .org



Approved by:

Captain Jeremy Paris