Halloween Safety Tips
Trick or Treating Tips
Get in on the fun. Accompany children younger than 12. Encourage older kids to trick or treat in a group of friends or family.
Set ground rules. If your child is going without you review some safety rules with them, including staying with the group, walking on sidewalks, only going to lit homes, and never going inside someones home or car for a treat.
Inspect treats before indulging. Discard anything that’s not sealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable.
Costumes for a Safe Halloween
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
Choose face paint or makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen.
When selecting a costume, make sure it fits to prevent trips and falls.
To prepare for trick-or-treaters:
Clean up. Put away tripping hazards, such as garden hoses, toys and bikes. Clear wet leaves, snow or other debris from the sidewalk.
Turn the lights on. Replace burned-out bulbs to ensure visibility at the walkway and front door.
Control your pets. Take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.
Consider sugar substitutes. Instead of handing out sweets, try stickers, fun pencils, rubber insects or colored chalk.
Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
Put electronic devices down and don’t run across the street.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.