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Halloween Safety - Pointers for Parents, Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents trick-or-treat time can be a little scary! Concerns about children’s safety - whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of goodies – are important.   To make Halloween a safe experience for everyone, please remember these safety tips:


  • Check that costumes are flame-retardant so that little ghouls aren’t in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns or other fire hazards 
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
  • Try make-up instead of a mask.  Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child’s vision. 
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible


  • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends.  Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they’ll be.  Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. 
  • Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out.  If it’s dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
  • Make sure kids know not to enter strange houses or stranger’s cars.


  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home - feed them a meal or tuck a few “safe” goodies in their pockets before they leave home. 
  • Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
  • Eat only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers.


  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. 
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls. 
  • Keep candle-lit jack-o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended. 
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone!

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