Ha​lloween Safety

Be sure to review our list of trick-or-treat safety tips before heading out with your little monsters on October 31.

Halloween ​Safety Checklist

  • Safety in numbers: Children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating or entering into a house or apartment. Older children going without adult supervision should take friends with them. Never go alone.
  • Apple-bobbing bacteria can be reduced by rinsing the apples under cool running water. For extra care, a produce brush can be used to remove surface dirt. 
  • Flame retardant costumes are the best costumes! Check costumes labeled for “flame resistant.” Making your costume? Use polyester or nylon in your design. 
  • Eat before trick-or-treating. Prevent “too-much-candy” stomachaches by feeding children prior to the night’s festivities. 
  • Test makeup, a safe alternative to masks, in a small area before complete application to prevent severe allergic reactions. Don’t let your little ones go to bed as little monsters: Remove all makeup before bed to prevent overnight skin and eye irritation.
  • You need to be seen by drivers and motorcyclists. To increase visibility, put reflective tape on both costumes and bags.
  • Take precaution by teaching your children to be aware of suspicious activity and to report anything unusual to you or the proper authorities.
  • Instead of candy, consider handing out non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Items like coloring books or pens and pencils are great supplements. Avoid small toys.
  • People expecting trick-or-treaters should prepare their lawns, steps or porches properly for the company by removing obstacles and providing a well-lit area.
  • Candlelit jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Flashlights or glow sticks offer a safer alternative to candles.
  • Secure hats, scarves and shoes to prevent incidents of obscured vision and tripping.