Young Girl in a Witch Costume Holding a Jack-O-Lantern

Costume Safety

  • Avoid toy weapons - if desired, use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid.
  • Don't wear floppy hats or wigs that slide over the eyes. Also, children should not wear long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes.
  • Ensure the child sees well through face masks, or use make-up.
  • Stay away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
  • Use face paint (non-toxic, hypoallergenic) and avoid masks - especially if the eye holes obstruct the child's vision.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame-retardant; wear short clothing that prevents tripping.
  • Wear sneakers or comfortable shoes.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Children should cross the street at corners/crosswalks and not between parked cars.
  • Children should stay within familiar areas and surroundings. Parents should establish a route for children.
  • Children should use flashlights and stay on sidewalks.
  • Motorists should drive slowly and watch carefully for children.

General Safety

  • Adults should only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Adults should keep porch lights on and their driveways illuminated.
  • Children should bring home treats before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • Children should know their home phone number and their parents' cell phone numbers.
  • Children should avoid homes that don't have their outside lights turned on.
  • Children should never go into homes: Always stay on the porch or stoop when asking for treats.
  • Children should never talk to strangers or get into strangers' cars.
  • Children should travel in small groups and be accompanied by parents or an authorized adult chaperone.
  • Homeowners should ensure that their walkways are cleared of debris on which children may trip and fall.
  • If you have any questions about suspicious looking treats, call the police department’s non-emergency number.
  • Many community groups, business associations and others host Halloween parties. Parents should consider these as a safe alternative to door-to-door "trick-or-treating" for their children.
  • Parents should cut into fruit, such as apples, to make sure they do not contain foreign objects.
  • When children get home, parents should inspect all candy and other treats before they are eaten. Discard all unwrapped or loosely wrapped candy or fruit.

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