Safe Trick-or-Treating

The practice of trick-or-treating has been popular in the US for decades. Kids have great fun dressing up in costume and collecting the tasty treats. However, there are some steps parents can take to ensure that this is also a safe activity. This is a page about safe trick-or-treat practices.

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Did you know that 4 times as many children ages 4-15 are killed on Halloween evening as compared to other evenings of the year?* Falls are another leading cause of injury on Halloween. Follow these safety precautions and keep safe on this SCARY night.

Children should:

  1. Travel in groups and be accompanied by an adult

  2. Go only to well lit houses

  3. Never enter a home, remain on the porch

  4. Carry a cell phone for emergencies and KNOW their home phone number

  5. Bring treats home to inspect them prior to eating

  6. Avoid flowing costumes that could be ignited by a flame or pose a tripping hazard

  7. Avoid costume accessories with sharp edges that could cause injury if you were to fall on it (replace a plastic sword with one made of foam)

  8. Have their name, address and phone number on the INSIDE of their costume in the event of an injury (use an address label on the hem of the costume and at the back closure)

  9. Use flashlights

  10. Cross streets at crosswalks whenever possible. Do not cross between parked cars

  11. Avoid crossing unfamiliar yards which could have unseen fences, holes or pets

  12. Consider face painting instead of masks which impair vision

Parents should:

  1. Supervise children under age 12

  2. Prepare homes for ticker-treaters by clearing sidewalks, porches and lawns

  3. Keep pets indoors until the festivities have quieted down

  4. Use electric candles in pumpkins or place your pumpkin inside a window

  5. Inspect all candy before allowing it to be consumed. Throw away any home-made treats unless you know the people who have made it. Throw away unwrapped candies or wrappers that are not intact.

  6. Drive slowly and carefully

Have fun! Be Safe

By Diana from Prospect, KY

*Editor's Note: This statistic appears to be true regarding pedestrian deaths. Scary, nonetheless.

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Halloween is around the corner, and people everywhere are looking forward to being scared and dressing up in costumes. The same is not true for dogs or cats, however. The mischief for which the holiday is infamous present a myriad of potential dangers that can take dogs, cats, and their owners completely by surprise.

If you want to include your dog in your Halloween celebration, make it an event that is safe and enjoyable for both of you. Here are some tips:

By Cricket from NC

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Los Angeles Fire Department
October 29, 2005

Some great before, during and after Halloween Safety Tips. Many you may know but here's a really complete list of what you need to know to have a safe and happy Halloween.

Kids trick or treating on Halloween.

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October 25, 2005

It sounds so simple and yet so few parents do it. ACCOMPANY your children around your neighbourhood. Not only does it keep them safe, it allows you to meet new neighbours and to promote goodwill with in your area.

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FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is promoting the use of a Teal Pumpkin to identify your house as somewhere that kids with food allergies can get non-food treats. This lets kids with food allergies, lactose intolerance, or other reasons they can't eat traditional candy treats know that they can safely trick-or-treat at your home.

The Teal Pumpkin Project for Food Allergies

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Susan Dunn, MA
October 8, 2004

Before going trick or treating, go over the rules with your children. Because it's an exciting night and emotions can affect clear thinking and "remembering," go over them several times.

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