Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.
Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.
Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.
All fruit should be cut and and closely examined before eating.
Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.
Never invite children into your home.
Children should never accept rides from strangers.
Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.
Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.
Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.
Instruct children not to stray from their group.
A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.
Adult escorts should carry flashlights.
Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night.
Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place on Halloween night.
Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities.
Parents should know what route their children will be taking.
All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.
Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.
Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.
Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision.
Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.
Halloween is an exciting time of the year and a particularly special treat for children. However, Halloween can be very stressful, as some people may play mean tricks and provide tainted treats. Parents and children should be alert to unnecessary hazards. The following are some crime prevention tips that can help make Halloween safe and more enjoyable for everyone:
Instruct your children never to enter the home of a stranger.
Do not allow your children to go out alone.
Instruct your children to stay in their own neighborhood and trick or treat at homes that have porch lights on.
Children should wear costumes made of light colored material. If the costume is made of dark material, attach reflective tape to the costume to increase nighttime visibility.
Replica firearms that could be mistaken for real firearms should be avoided.
Children and adults should carry a flashlight so that motorists can see them.
Children should walk on the sidewalks, not on the street.
Children should cross the street at the corners. They should never cross the street between parked cars, in the middle of the block, or diagonally across the intersection.
Masks can restrict vision. If your child wears a mask, make sure he or she removes it before crossing the street.