Halloween Safety

Halloween is a fun time to dress up, be with friends and enjoy a little treat. It is also a night to remember to be safe! More kids and teens get hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.                                              

As your family prepares for a night of costumes and candy, keep these safety tips in mind.

  1. Young children should not trick-or-treat alone. Try to go in a group of children with adult supervision.
  2. Older children should plan a safe route so parents know where they will be at all times as well as when they will be home. Make sure they have a cell phone to contact in case of emergency.
  3. Make sure you wear reflective tape on your costume or carry a flashlight, or glow stick to make you more visible to cars.
  4. Do not cut through fields or back alleys. Make sure you stay in populated areas.
  5. Stop only at houses where the lights are on.
  6. Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
  7. Never go into the home or get in the car of a stranger.
  8. Walk, don’t run. Stay on well-lit streets and walk on the sidewalk. Use a crosswalk when available and never cross the street between cars.
  9. Always cross the street at the corner and look left – right - left before you cross.
  10. Make sure your mask fits properly and the eye holes allow you to see fully. Don’t wear a mask that is too lose as it can slip and block your vision. Consider using non-toxic makeup instead.
  11. Don’t let your costume drag on the ground.
  12. Only carry flexible knives, swords or other props.
  13. Stay away from jack o ’lanterns if they have a candle in them.
  14. Have parents look at the candy you collect throughout the night prior to eating it.

If you have any questions, please contact Banner Children’s Injury Prevention Program at (480) 412-3306.