Halloween Safety Made Easy

Here’s a collection of tips on how to make sure your Halloween remains a safe one.

  • Before Halloween:
    • Try to choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible.
    • Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
    • Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home phone number, and address in case you get separated.
    • Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
    • Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat or leave with them. Tell them to try everything to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.
  • On Halloween:
    • Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
    • Never send younger children out alone- they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
    • Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
    • Don’t let children enter a home unless you’re with them.
    • Be sure children do no approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
  • Other tips:
    • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating. Make sure you’re walking and not running from house to house.
    • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
    • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks.
    • Lower your risk of eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
    • Only walk on sidewalks. If not possible, walk along the far edge of the road facing traffic.
    • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
    • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
    • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
    • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame resistant costumes.


For more information on Halloween Safety, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov, Safe Kids Worldwide www.safekids.org, the National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org and the U.S. Fire Administration & Federal Emergency Management Agency www.usfa.fema.gov.