Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners & Trick-or-Treaters

Published October 6th, 2014 | By

Halloween is one of the most exalted and anticipated nights of the year for children and adults alike, but it also necessitates a trick or treatersgreat deal of caution for parents and homeowners who must consider the safety of costumes, candy, strangers at their door, and drivers whizzing by their kids.


It’s no coincidence that October is also Crime Prevention Month, recognized since 1984 as a time to promote and celebrate the important issues involved in creating safer, more caring communities.


Every year, only 1/3 of parents talk to their children about Halloween, although 3/4 report having Halloween safety fears, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Make this Halloween a fright-free yet still festive one for your children, your home, and you with these simple tips:


Tips for your home

  • To keep your residence safe for other trick-or-treaters, remove garden hoses, toys, bikes, lawn decorations, and anything
    else a child could trip over from your front porch and lawn
  • Keep outdoor lights on and replace burned-out bulbs
  • Sweep wet leaves away from your sidewalk
  • If you have active, rambunctious pets, restrain them so they can’t get near trick-or-treaters
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch group to keep watch over the community that night
  • Be on alert yourself and report any suspicious activity to the police


Tips for parents and trick-or-treaters

  • Watch for children in the street and on medians when driving
  • Keep lit pumpkins away from where children will be walking
  • Establish a curfew for your children
  • Lock all doors and arm your security system when and if you leave your house
  • Trick-or-treat only at well-lit houses; remain on porches rather than entering houses; and stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Older children should travel in groups, and younger children should always be accompanied by a trusted adult
  • Carry a cell phone for emergencies
  • Remind your children not to eat their treats until they get home and you can inspect them
  • Don’t run, walk, and obey all traffic signals carefully
  • Make sure your children’s costumes don’t drag on the ground and masks don’t obstruct their vision


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Read more trick-or-treating tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.


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