Halloween Safety Tips: Trick-or-Treating Basics

Halloween safety tips

Halloween is the best night of the year if you like scary movies, sweet treats, or dressing up in costume. There are lots of festivities for all ages and, especially with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, you can expect lots of revelers of all ages to be out and about. Make sure your holiday stays fun and doesn’t end with illness or injury; follow our Halloween safety tips!

Pedestrian Safety

If you’re taking your kids trick-or-treating, make sure their costumes make them visible to drivers. Include light colors or reflective surfaces. You or your children can also carry a flashlight so that you can see and be seen on the street. Stick to sidewalks wherever possible. If you must walk in the street, walk on the left side, facing traffic. If your older children will be going out with friends, make double sure they know the safety rules.

If you’re driving, especially in residential areas, keep a sharp eye out for trick-or-treaters. It may not be safe, but many Halloween costumes are mostly or entirely dark colored fabric, which is difficult to see at night. Drive slowly and make sure you are aware of your surroundings—no texting, eating, or otherwise distracting behaviors while you’re behind the wheel.

Sweet Treats

While cases of tampered Halloween candy are vanishingly rare—most of the stories you hear are confirmed urban legends—it still pays to be cautious. Instruct your children not to accept any homemade items or items that are not individually wrapped. Commercially packaged treats only. Once the trick-or-treating is over, take a look at your child’s stash to make sure that everything is sealed properly and doesn’t show signs of tampering. Tell your child not to snack on candy while they’re out so that you can take a look at everything before they eat it.

If anyone in your family has food allergies, make sure you can verify the ingredients in your Halloween candy. Most candies don’t list ingredients on individual pieces, but you can probably find this information on the company’s website. You may also find answers on blogs or forums dedicated to specific allergies, such as dairy, nuts, and gluten. If you can’t find a source for ingredients, be on the safe side and don’t eat that one.


Make sure costumes are safe and don’t present any hazards. Masks, clothing, and shoes should fit properly and not include any parts that might cause the wearer (or someone else) to trip and fall. If a costume includes a mask, make sure it doesn’t hinder visibility. Make sure to test the visibility at night if you’ll be out after dark. If costumes are made of dark material, use reflective tape to make sure your child is visible to drivers.

At Home

If you’re staying at home to greet trick-or-treaters, make sure your property is as safe as it is spooky. Your door and walkways should be well lit and free of any tripping hazards. Don’t use real candles in your jack-o-lantern if you want to place it at kid level. Have your treats ready and easily accessible. As mentioned above, you should only offer factory wrapped treats for everyone’s safety.

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