Children will be trick-or-treating on the streets of Sykesville on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m according to the town website.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office suggested that parents engage in their children's Holloween festivities. The Sheriff recommends that guardians:
- Know your trick-or-treaters' route;
- Take a flashlight;
- Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe;
- Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars;
- Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home, and inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them;
- Candy that has been opened should be thrown away, and homemade treats or fruit inspected closely;
- Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk;
- Never cross the street from between parked cars;
- Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire;
- Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing.
City officials remind residents to leave a porch light on if they are participating in trick-or-treat activities. Families should avoid homes that do not have a porch light lit.
According to a news release, sheriff’s deputies will also be conducting additional patrols through residential developments. Several of those patrols will be conducted jointly, with agents from the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Corrections’ Office of Community Supervision riding with Sheriff’s Deputies as they conduct checks of registered sex offenders.
The Office of Community Supervision is requiring registered offenders who are currently serving parole or supervised probation to remain at home and not answer their door to trick-or-treaters between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Halloween night, leaving their porch lights off and displaying a sign which states “No Candy”.
Residents are asked to report any suspicious or criminal activity to the sheriff’s office or local police agency.