Trick or Treat Check List: Halloween Safety
Last updated Friday, October 27th, 2023
- Make sure that all children have adult supervision when trick-or-treating, no matter how old.
- No matter how old, DO NOT trick-or-treat alone.
- Make sure all costumes are made of fire-resistant material and bright colors. (If you choose a dark color, make sure you attach reflective tape.)
- Don’t use sharp or overly long objects for props.
- Check the weather, if it’s going to be cold, make sure that costumes are large enough to permit warm clothes under it.
- Costume check – make sure that they can see clearly, breath clearly, walk easily and that they have at least one free hand and avoid masks that can obstruct vision.
- Check all face paints/make-up for ingredient labels that say – “made with U.S. approved colored additives,” “laboratory tested,” “non-toxic,” or “meets federal standards for cosmetics.” Otherwise they could be toxic.
- Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
- Give your children brightly colored trick-or-treat candy bag.
- Make sure they have an LED flashlight w/extra batteries – you can always carry this or even attach it to their candy container
- Give them a map of the route for trick-or-treating – if for any reason you were to get separated, everyone will know how you came and how to get back home/know in advance the route that older children are taking.
- Set a time to either be back at home or to meet up to return home/ set a curfew and make sure your child has a watch.
- Make sure they have emergency identification and a house key – along with their identification. Tie a house key to their neck so that if you were to get separated they can get taken home and can get in.
- Make sure they trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods, at homes of people they know, in well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
- Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
- Instruct children not to eat any treats until they get home and have them checked by an adult.
- Try to feed them dinner beforehand so they won’t be hungry.
- Dispose of any candy that has loose or open wrappers.
- Wash all fruit and cut into pieces to inspect it before eating.
- Contact police if any treats have been tampered with.
- Make sure that your home is well lit for your trick-or-treaters.
- Clear your steps and lawn of any tripping hazards.
- Have Band-aids handy just in case of emergency.
- Take bottled water – you never know if your child may get hot and/or thirsty in their costume while they are out and about.
- Make sure you carry your cell phone – not every child may have a phone, but every adult should take one in case you are called or need to make a call in an emergency.
Halloween Safety On the Road
- Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
- In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.