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Halloween Safety

Halloween is a kid’s dream – monsters, costumes, friends and candy! It can also be a parent’s nightmare between worrying about the weather, kids walking across dark streets, and other safety-related issues.

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Here are some tips for keeping Halloween night safe for your trick-or-treaters.


  • Turn on your porch light and other outside lights so that trick-or-treaters have a clear line of sight to your door.
  • Be on the lookout for speeding motorists, unfamiliar adults hanging around the neighborhood without children, and mischievous acts which could become dangerous.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately and call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
  • Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.


  • Be extra careful when driving a vehicle during trick-or-treat time.
  • Look out for excited youngsters who may run out into traffic.
  • Watch out for kids wearing dark costumes or masks that don’t allow them to see well as they move into the street.
  • Be aware of small children who are difficult to see in the dark.
  • Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night compared to any other night of the year.

Costume Tips

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren’t in danger near burning pumpkins or driveway campfires.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent tripping, falling or catching the bottom on something.
  • Your child may prefer make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot, uncomfortable, and can obstruct a child’s vision, which is dangerous when crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear bright colors or put reflective tape on their costumes so that they can be seen by drivers.

Before Heading Out

  • Set a time limit for your children to be out.
  • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends.
  • Work together to map out a safe route so you will know where they are going.
  • Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.

On the Street for Trick-or-Treat

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  • Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups and parents should walk with young children.
  • Start trick-or-treating while it’s still light out.
  • If it’s dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home.
  • Remain on the porch at all times.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
  • Cross the street only at the corners.
  • Do not walk between parked cars.
  • Never walk diagonally across an intersection.
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street.
  • Obey all traffic signals.
  • Always walk and never run across the street.
  • Walk on the sidewalk and not in the street.
  • Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
  • Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
  • Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.

Inspect the Treats Before You Eat

  • Help your trick-or-treaters avoid the candy until getting home by feeding them a meal or a snack before they leave.
  • Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
  • Look out for torn wrappers, holes in packaging, and re-wrapped or taped-up packaging.