- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that
shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping,
entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and
Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
- Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number)
discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic
makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and
purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame
- Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If
such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic
and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and
- Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical
lightsticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
- This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home's
- Teach children to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number)
if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1
can be dialed free at any payphone.
- Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll",
should their clothes catch on fire.
- Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween
- Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives
(or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
- Take extra effort to eliminate tripping or other hazards on
your porch and around your property.
- Learn or review
CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart
- Consider safe party guidelines when hosting an Adult or Office
BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage
youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical
outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
- Always keep Jack O' Lanterns away from drapes, decorations,
flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or
- Plan and review with your children the route and behavior which
is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when revelers must
- Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts should
carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.
- Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an
evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs
and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags. Consult
your veterinarian for further advice.
- Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly
throughout the community.
- Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver.
- A Parent or responsible Adult should always accompany young
children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Remind Trick-or Treaters:
- By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Only go to homes with porch lights on.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the
roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
- Always walk. Never run across a street.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as
recognized by local custom).
- Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing
a street, driveway or alley.
- Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing
Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others
- Never consume food items or drinks that may be offered.
- No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked
by an Adult at home.
- Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of
any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though
tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine
all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious
- Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause
choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an