Safety First...

Follow these simple rules for a  a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

  • Use face paints rather than a mask which can obstruct both breathing and vision.
  • Make sure your child has (1) a name tag complete with your address and phone number, (2) change to make a phone call, and (3) a flashlight
  • Young children should be accompanied by an adult, and no child should go out alone.
  • Trick or treat only in familiar neighborhoods and set a time for when your children should return home.
  • Children should never accept rides from strangers (If they need a ride, they should use the change you gave them to call!)
  • Treats should not be eaten until the child is home so that you can inspect everything first.
  • Check all treats for signs of tampering and discard all loose and homemade treats (unless you know the person who provided them)
  • Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
  • Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
  • Don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
  • Visit only houses where the lights are on.
  • Walk on sidewalks and driveways.
  • Walk, Do not run.
  • Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.
  • Take a cellular phone with you if possible.
  • Wear a watch.


Costume Safety.

  • Make sure costumes are flame-retardant and light or bright in color. Dark costumes should have strips of glow in the dark tape along the back.
  • Avoid costumes with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
  • Choose costumes that are light and bright enough to be visible to motorists.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. High heels are not a good idea.
  • Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
  • A natural mask of cosmetics is better than a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision.
  • Sword, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
  • Decorate costumes and treat bags with reflective tape.