Safety tips for Halloween

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Consider these tips to enjoy a safe Halloween for you, your family, your pets and your property. 

General safety:

  • When you are out and about, especially when it is dark, make sure to travel in groups.
  • Before consuming any treats, make sure to check them for any signs of potential tampering. 
  • If you have loved ones trick-or-treating alone, develop a safety plan that includes designated areas or a radius, doorstep etiquette, time expectations and other tips to remain safe.
  • Stay in well-lit areas, and use sidewalks whenever possible. Only go to houses with porch lights on and a well-lit pathway.
  • When you are out at night, make sure to carry glow sticks or flashlights, and wear light-colored or reflective clothing to help make sure you are seen by others and drivers.
  • Use caution around strangers and others whose costume conceals their identity. 
  • Be respectful of other people and their property.
  • Be courteous — always remember to say, “trick or treat” and “thank you.”
  • Consider choosing costumes that are flame resistant, and prevent falls by choosing proper sized costumes .

For adults:

  • Since more people will be walking around than normal, make sure vehicles are locked and valuables removed. 
  • Use extra caution when driving in areas where children are trick-or-treating.
  • If you are distributing candy or hosting an event, check that your outdoor lights are on and remove any tripping hazards from guest pathways.
  • Make sure children know how and when to call 911.

For pets:

  • Make sure treats stay out of the reach of furry family members.
  • Consider putting pets in a quiet room away from Halloween activity to reduce their potential stress or hyperactivity.
  • If you dress up your pet, ensure no part of the costume could be chewed or come off as a choking hazard, and make sure the costume doesn’t restrict their movement, vision, breathing or hearing.
  • Keep pets indoors, whenever possible.