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Halloween Press Release – Halloween Safety

Trick or Treats:

In groups of only four or five with a responsible adult, or teen accompanying each group.

With at least one person in the group carrying a flashlight in case it begins to get dark.

In your own neighborhood, on well-lighted streets. Only go to homes you know and that have porch lights on.

Safely by never entering a strangers house even if invited and never take a ride from a stranger.

Using sidewalks when possible. Walk! Never run across yards. Look both ways before crossing streets.


Never eat treats from trick-or-treating until they are examined by a parent.

Check wrappers of pre-packaged treats for signs of tampering and throw away anything unwrapped.

If harmful items are found, notify your local law enforcement agency.


Always know who is sponsoring the activity and how long it will last.

Older children may wish to help supervise instead of trick-or-treating.

Keep any paper decorations well away from heat or flames.

Have fun activities: Bobbing for apples, costume contests (most original, funniest, and scariest).


Wear comfortable street shoes. Avoid big, floppy shoes.

Trick-or-treat bays should have handles to keep arms free.

Bags should be easy to carry and should not drag on the ground.

Carry-along props should be made of Styrofoam or cardboard with no sharp points.

Hats, wigs, or beards should be secure and out of eyes.


Avoid encouraging children to enter a stranger’s house. Never invite trick-or-treaters into your home.

Give self-wrapped, homemade treats only to children you know, and wrapped commercial treats to others.

Know the supervising adult, which friends your children will be with, and exactly what route they will be taking.

Do not leave your home unattended on Halloween Night.

Leave a porch light on, so children will know its okay to visit your home.

Keep pets inside the house, garage, or shed.

Use flashlights or LED Candles in Jack-lanterns.

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