A 'Halloween Safety Tips" PDF version can be found here: Halloween Safety Tips
- Cross streets only at corners.
- Never cross between parked cars.
- Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
- Walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk.
- Be aware of motor vehicles that may be turning into or backing out of driveways.
- Never go into a stranger’s house.
- Know the route their children will be taking.
- Make sure children are accompanied by an adult.
- Set limits on when children should return home.
- Consider purchasing Halloween treats other than candy; stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.
- Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home. Remove lawn decorations and sprinklers, toys and bicycles, or anything that might obstruct your walkway. Provide a well-lit outside entrance to your home. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters.
- Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
- Instruct children NOT to eat treats until they return home and parents have had a chance to inspect those treats.
- Costumes, masks, beards, and wigs should be flame resistant.
- Costumes should be light, bright, and clearly visible to motorists.
- Make-up is safer than a mask which can obscure vision.
- Avoid over-sized and high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.
- The child’s name, address, and telephone number should be placed on trick-or-treat bags in case of an accident or lost child.
- Children should carry a flashlight to easily see and be seen.
- Trick-or-treat bags should not be too large; they can obscure vision or cause a child to trip.
- Costumes should have reflective strips.
- Dangerous sidewalks.
- Dangerous dress (i.e., loose costumes, unsafe shoes, bulky trick-or-treat bags, masks which reduce vision, sharp or pointed toy weapons, dark costumes).
- Open flames.
- Treacherous “treats” – razor blades in apples (all fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces before eaten), tacks, or poisonous popcorn (discard unpackaged popcorn).
- Do not allow children to carve pumpkins alone.