The Washoe County Sheriff's Department is offering free Halloween candy screening tomorrow, November 1. Staff will x-ray candy at the x-ray stations located at The Mills Lane Justice Center (1 S. Sierra Street, Reno) and the Washoe County Courthouse (75 Court Street, Reno) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The x-ray machines will detect metal only. If you believe the candy has been tampered with in some other way, please throw the candy away.
Families that struggle with food allergies may also struggle with keeping their children safe on Halloween. The nation-wide program, The Teal Pumpkin Project, encourages residents to paint or purchase a teal pumpkin to keep visible on the porch along with a Teal Pumpkin flyer on Halloween to let trick-or-treaters know that you have non-food treats. These treats could include glow sticks, stickers or small toys. Be creative.
Washoe County Sheriff's also share these tips to keep your kids safe tonight:
- Kids should always trick or treat with an adult.
- Wear visible clothing. If a costume is dark, attach reflectors or wear glow in the dark accessories.
- Carry a flashlight. Not only will this help children see where they are going, but drivers will also see the flashlight beam.
- Obey pedestrian and traffic rules. Always look both ways before crossing a street.
- Do not go to homes marked "No Trespassing" or "Keep Out".
- An adult should always check candy before kids eat it.
- Instead of trick of treating door-to-door, consider attending a community event or trunk or treat.