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Stay Safe for Tricks & Treats this Halloween

girl in Halloween costume from AHS, October 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Costumes, treats and scares are in store for Halloween this year, but here are a few simple tips to keep young ones safe during the festivities.


  • Wear costumes and footwear that fit properly to reduce tripping and the risk of injury.

  • Dress for the weather. Wear layers and appropriate clothing, such as boots and jackets, to keep your child warm and dry in all weather conditions.

  • Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags to keep your child visible in the dark.

  • Choose flame-resistant costumes, beards and wigs.

  • Choose face paint or makeup instead of a mask that can interfere with vision.

  • Children wearing a mask or a head piece must ensure they can see clearly from the front and both sides, and that it doesn’t interfere with breathing.

  • Never allow your child to carry a sharp or dangerous costume prop, such as a knife or sword.


  • Children should trick-or-treat in groups and should never trick-or-treat alone.

  • Accompany your child until you feel comfortable they are old enough to go without adult supervision. Know where your children are trick-or-treating if they are old enough to go unaccompanied.

  • Remind children to adhere to the same safe road rules when trick-or-treating as they do any other night. Remember these road safety tips: o Always walk on the sidewalk. o Only cross the street at crosswalks or street corners. o Look left and right for oncoming traffic. o Make eye contact with the driver before crossing the street.

  • Teach your child to trick-or-treat in well-lit areas, and to only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on.

  • When giving out treats, remember to leave your porch light on.

  • Pack a flashlight in your child’s trick-or-treat bag.

  • Remind your child never to go inside a stranger’s home or car.

  • Check all the goodies before your child digs into their treat bag.

  • Check ingredient lists on labels to avoid allergens.

  • Throw out all candy that has a loose, broken or open wrapper.

  • Throw out homemade candy or baked goods made by people you don't know.

  • Wash all fruit and cut it into pieces to check before eating.

Limit sugar

  • Chocolate and candy are high in sugar. The more times a day children eat it, the greater the risk of tooth decay.

  • When eating chocolate or candy, do so after mealtime. The extra saliva produced at mealtimes helps provide some protection to teeth.

  • Brush and floss with extra care and attention after eating chocolate or candy.

Pumpkin carving

  • Make sure an adult oversees all pumpkin-carving activities. Never leave your child unsupervised.

  • Have an adult light any candles used inside of pumpkins or use battery-operated lights instead. Keep matches and lighters away from children.

  • Don’t allow children to play near pumpkins with candles burning.

  • Keep lit pumpkins out of the way of trick-or-treaters and fire hazards, such as bushes or trees.

  • Supervise pumpkins when lit, and make sure to put out any candles before turning in for the night.

Around the neighborhood

  • If you must drive Halloween night, drive slowly, especially in residential areas. Be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters.

  • Remove hazards in your yard, such as hoses and yard tools, and make sure you have a clear, well-lit walkway for trick-or-treaters.


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