Tips for a Safe Halloween

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children's safety--whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of bounty--can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety tips.


  • Make sure the path to your door is clear and well lit, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
  • Sweep leaves and other debris from sidewalks and walkways to prevent any slip hazards.
  • Use alternatives instead of candles and open flames.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately.  

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  • Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.



  • Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle.  Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
  • Never Drink and Drive


Make sure your kids dress up safely

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
  • 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 they can obstruct a child's vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape and glow sticks on their costumes.
  • Make costumes loose for warm clothing underneath.
  • Sword, Knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible to prevent injury.
  • Wear comfortable, safe shoes.
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