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Halloween Safety 

During all Halloween events, it is important to put safety first. Halloween is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.  Following some basic safety tips can help everyone enjoy a fun Halloween.

Here are some helpful tips for trick-or-treating activities: 

Costume Safety | Halloween Home Safety | Treat Safety | Motorists | Pedestrian Safety

  Costume Safety

  • Choose costumes that are light-colored and more visible to motorists.

  • Use reflective tape to decorate costumes and candy bags to increase visibility of children to drivers. Reflective tape may be purchased at hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores.

  • Use make-up rather than a mask; if your child’s costume does include a mask, make sure it fits snugly and that the eyeholes are large enough to allow full vision.

  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.

  • Costumes should be short enough that a child will not trip and fall.

  • Choose costume accessories such as swords or knives that are made of soft and flexible material.

  • Costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.

  • Do not use novelty contacts such as “cat eyes” or “snake eyes.” 

   Pedestrian Safety

  • Engage in Halloween activities during the daylight hours, if possible.

  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.

  • Remind children to walk, not run, and to only cross streets at crosswalks.

  • Be sure your children are accompanied by a responsible adult who has a flashlight. Flashlights or chemical light sticks should be used so that children can see and be seen by motorists.

Halloween Home Safety

  • Remove obstacles from your lawn, porch, or steps if you are expecting trick-or-treaters.

  • Make sure your front porch is well-lit.

  • Avoid using candle-lit jack-o-lanterns if possible. If you do use candles, don’t place them near curtains, furnishings, or decorations. Move them off porches where children’s costumes may ignite.

  • Keep your pets in another room when you are expecting trick-or-treaters.

  • Small children should not carve pumpkins; instead, allow them to draw the designs on the pumpkin and adults may carve.

  • Turn on an outside light if welcoming trick-or-treaters. 

Treat Safety

  • Instruct children to wait until they are home to eat any candy.
  • Check candy and novelty toys for potential choking hazards.
  • Make sure packaging doesn't have any tears or tampering.
  • Throw away anything that looks suspicious.


  • Slow down, especially in residential areas.
  • Watch for children darting out from parked cars.
  • When driving children around, use child safety seats or seatbelts, and have children get out of cars on the curb side, not facing traffic.

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Last Revised: January 28, 2014