Halloween Trick-or-Treating Guide: Safety Checklist

Common-sense practices for a fun night out trick-or-treating on Halloween


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children during their neighborhood rounds.
  • Remind Trick-or-Treaters to:
    • Carry a flashlight.
    • Walk, don’t run.
    • Stay on sidewalks.
    • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
    • Look both ways before crossing the street, and always walk as a group at established crosswalks.
    • Avoid hiding or crossing the street between parked cars.
    • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
    • Avoid cutting across yards or driveways.
    • Wear a watch that can be read in the dark.
    • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
    • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
    • Approach only houses that are lit.
    • Be cautious of animals and strangers. Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
    • Accept treats only in doorways, never inside houses.
    • Say thank you after receiving your treats.
    • Bring treats home to be inspected before eating any.
  • Notify law enforcement authorities of any suspicious or unlawful activity.


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