Parents and Adults
- Establish a curfew (a return time) for older children.
- Know who your children will be with and which route they are taking.
- Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
- Leave your porch light on so children will know if it's OK to visit your home.
- Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
- Keep candles, pumpkins with candles, matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire.
- Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver.
- Do not jump out or scare children that you don't know. Their reaction may cause injuries.
Pumpkins and Decorations
- Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.
- Have children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin, then parents should do the cutting. (Keep sharp objects out of reach of children)
- Place lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave lighted pumpkins unattended by an adult. A flashlight or glowstick inside the pumpkin is preferred if children or pets can come into contact with the pumpkin.
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block exit doors.
Halloween Safety Tips & Information
Halloween is a festive and fun time of the year for children. Here are some things you can do to help protect your children and ensure Halloween is a safe and happy time:
- Children 12 years of age and younger may participate in the Trick-or-Treating activities.
- Children may participate in the traditional Trick-or-Treat door-to-door activities until 8:00 p.m. Never approach a house that has its lights off, unattended dogs, or clearly posted as no trespassing.
- Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or a responsible teenager when they go door-to-door. Go with them yourself if you can. Never allow children to go alone.
- Take your children to trick or treat in their own neighborhood or in neighborhoods of family or friends and along well-lit streets. They should always carry a flashlight.
- Tell your children to use the sidewalks, where possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing cars. Cross at corners and safe areas.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Remind children to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
- Go only to well-lit houses and remain outside.
- Once you knock on the door or ring the bell, take four or more steps back until you are able to determine your safety.
- Tell your children not to enter a stranger's house or accept a ride from a stranger.
- Instruct children never to eat anything until they are home and the treats have been examined by an adult.
- If you encounter suspicious or illegal activities, please note the location and description of the individuals involved for the police.