Halloween Safety: Tips for Trick or Treating

It’s Halloween, and if your child or teen is going out trick or treating tonight, safety should be a top concern. Here are tips for parents for costume, trick or treating and candy to ensure your family has a fun (and safe) evening!


  • Make sure that the costume is fireproof
  • If the costume has a mask, the eye holes should be large enough that they allow for good peripheral vision
  • Costumes should fit and be short enough to prevent tripping or falling.
  • Swords or knives with costumes should be soft and flexible
  • If the costume uses makeup, test the makeup on a small patch of skin beforehand to make sure there aren’t any allergic reactions

Trick or Treating

  • Discuss with your child or teen the importance of being alert and aware of their surroundings. They should never go in to a stranger’s house, or get into an unknown car.
  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. If your teen is going out with friends, set a curfew for them to be home, find out who they are going with, and ask them to carry a cell phone.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags so they are visible to drivers
  • Carry a flashlight and walk from house to house


  • Ask your child not to snack on the way, ask them to wait until they get home so you can inspect the candy
  • Look through your child’s candy before you let them eat it, to check for choking hazards or candy that has been tampered with
  • Throw away any unwrapped or open treats, anything not in its original wrapper and anything homemade
  • If you think your child has eaten something that has made him or her sick, call the Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
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