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

Halloween is among the most celebrated holidays for both children and adults. Take these steps to ensure that it is indeed safe for everyone.


Westlake holds Trick or Treat from 6  p.m. - 8 p.m. on October 31 each year.

Halloween Safety_Kids Safety

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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