Halloween: Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Police advise parents to take these precautions on Halloween night.

From Fremont Police

Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures a child experiences on Halloween! Regardless of where the trick-or-treating takes place, it should be a fun time without trouble and pain.

Following the tips below will help to keep your child safe this Halloween.

Children should:

  1. Not trick or treat without parents.
  2. Cross streets only at corners.
  3. Never cross the street between parked cars.
  4. Beware of vehicles backing out of driveways.
  5. Carry a flashlight or glow stick and/or wear reflective tape.
  6. Be aware of motor vehicles that may be turning into or backing out of driveways.
  7. Never go into a stranger’s house or car.
  8. Older children should program an emergency contact in their phone. The ICE ("in case of emergency") followed by the names and phone numbers of those whom you wish to be notified in an emergency. ICE is recognized by emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police and emergency room personnel.

Parents should:

  1. Walk with their children or make sure children are accompanied by a trusted adult.
  2. Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home. Remove lawn decorations and sprinklers, toys and bicycles or anything that might obstruct your walkway. Provide a well lit outside entrance to your home.
  3. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters.
  4. Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
  5. Instruct children NOT to eat treats until they return home and parents have had a chance to inspect those treats.
  6. Not leave candles unattended, try votive candles in your jack-o-lanterns.
  7. Establish a time that your older teenage children should be home. Let them know how important it is for them to be home by that time.

Costume safety tips:

  1. Costumes, masks, beards and wigs should be flame resistant.
  2. Costumes should be light, bright and clearly visible to motorists, adding reflective tape can help make your child more visible to motorists.
  3. Make-up is safer than a mask, which can obscure vision. Test the make-up to make sure your child doesn't have an alergic reaction.
  4. Avoid oversize costumes and high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.
  5. Children should carry a flashlight to easily see and be seen.
  6. Trick-or-treat bags should not be too large; they can obscure vision or cause a child to trip.

Halloween hazards:

  1. Sharp or pointed toy weapons.
  2. Open flames.
  3. Dangerous roadways.
  4. Treacherous “treats” - examine all treats for signs of tampering and choking hazards. Children should not eat homemade treats made by strangers.
  5. Do not allow children to carve pumpkins alone (special pumpkin cutters for kids are available at your local grocery or Halloween store).

We hope that you have a fun and safe Halloween!

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