Tips to Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe

Tips to Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe

Halloween is fun for kids of all ages.  But it does take some planning to make sure that Trick-or Treating is safe and enjoyable for everyone. 

Here are some tips that will help keep your ghouls, goblins, and their 4-footed friends safe this Halloween!

  • The National Safety Council urges motorists to be especially alert on Halloween. 

  • If you're driving during Trick-or-Treat hours please keep the following in mind:
    Drive SLOWLY

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs

  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully

  • If you are driving children, be sure they exit on the curb side, away from traffic

  • Do not wear your mask while driving

  • Turn your lights on even in daylight - they'll make you more visible

  • At twilight or later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing

  • Drive cautiously to give yourself extra time to react to children crossing the street

  • Before children head out the door, parents should:

  • Make sure that an adult will be supervising the Trick-or-Treating for children under 12

  • Know the route your children are taking - they should only Trick-or-Treat in familiar areas

  • Teach your children to never, ever enter a stranger's home, and make sure they only stop at houses that are well-lit

  • Set time limits - know when your child is returning home

  • Tell your children not to eat any treats, no matter how tempting, until they get home and you've inspected it

  • Know the names of older companions accompanying your children

  • Review pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children, establish and review Trick-or-Treat safety precautions

  • Do not allow children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard while Trick-or-Treating
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  • Costumes should only be made from fire-retardant materials
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath
  • Falls are the leading cause of injuries on Halloween - make sure that costumes are not so long that they are a tripping hazard
  • Costumes should be made of light-colored materials so children can be easily seen by motorists - strips of reflective tape should be used for even more visibility
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes
  • A great alternative to masks is face painting - face make up is safer and more colorful, and won't obstruct a child's vision like a mask can
  • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic" and be sure to follow all manufacturer's instructions for correct application
  • Halloween can be a very traumatic and even dangerous time for your pet
  • Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween
  • Strangers visiting in costumes can be scary for a dog
  • Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart outside when you open the door -make sure they are wearing collars and proper identification tags in case they do escape
  • Trick-or-Treat candies of any type are NOT for pets - remember that chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals
  • Do not dress the dog or cat in a Halloween costume - this puts a lot of stress on the animal
  • Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin - don't leave lighted candles of Jack-O-
  • Lanterns where they could be knocked over by a swinging tail or curious cat - not only could your pet start a fire, but they could also severely burn themselves in the process
  • Consult your veterinarian for further advice
  • Children should understand and follow these rules while Trick-or-Treating
  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision
  • Always walk - do not run - from house to house
  • Stay on the sidewalk - don't cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards
  • Stay on the sidewalk, do not walk in the street - if there isn't a sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
    Obey all traffic signals - don't assume you have the right of way - just because one car stops, it doesn't mean others will!
  • Cross only at the corners, and be sure to look both ways
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, and make sure they fit properly
  • Take a cell phone with you if possible
    Always be polite, and don't forget to say "Trick-or-Treat" and "Thank You"
  • Have your children eat dinner before going out - it will discourage them from filling up on Halloween treats
  • Although tampering is rare, insist that ALL candy and treats be brought home for inspection BEFORE anything is eaten
    Wash fruit and cut into small pieces
  • Report anything that appears suspicious about treats to the police immediately
    When in doubt, throw it out
  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials - never allow children to carry sharp objects
  • Bags or sacks carried by children should be light-colored and/or trimmed with reflective tape if trick-or-treating after dark
  • Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate sidewalks, steps and paths - make sure you have fresh batteries