With Halloween approaching, parents can take some simple precautionary steps to help ensure the safety of their children while trick or treating.


  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant.
  • Keep costumes short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Try to purchase a mask that fits properly and does not obstruct the child’s line of sight.  A mask can obstruct a child’s vision.  Consider using make up instead of a mask.
  • Try to make sure costumes have some type of reflective material on them. Light colored clothing and flashlights will also make children and parents more visible at night. “Glow Sticks” are another great option to remain visible when trick or treating.
  • Avoid using any fake swords or other sharp accessories that could hurt someone.


  • Have children wait until they get home to eat any candy or treats.  Parents should inspect candy and treats prior to children eating them.  This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff…..
  • Only allow children to eat unopened candy and other treats that are fully wrapped and in their original wrappers.

Trick or Treating

  • Don’t allow a child to go out alone. A parent or guardian should always be with young children to supervise while trick or treating.  This is a great opportunity to spend time with your children.
  • Remind children to never enter a home or a car of someone they do not know.  Avoid homes that are dark.
  • ALWAYS watch for cars when walking and crossing the street.
  • Older kids should trick or treat with friends and stick close together.
  • If possible, trick or treat during the daylight hours. If at night, use flashlights.
  • Plan a safe route and know where your children will be.
  • If you have a cell phone, bring it with you.


  • Stay alert at all times for young children who may dart in front of your vehicle unexpectedly.  In the excitement of the day, trick-or-treaters probably won’t pay attention to passing motor vehicles, so slow down and drive cautiously.
  • If you are transporting trick-or-treaters, remember that seat belt laws are not a burden, but a proven lifesaving measure.  Costume or not, buckle up!!