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Halloween Safety Tips

Costume suggestions:

  • Choose light or bright colored costumes and use light reflective tape
  • Children shouldn't wear a mask; it restricts vision. If a mask must be worn, cut large eyeholes. Make-up is much safer than a mask because it doesn't obstruct vision
  • Toy weapons, wands, brooms, etc. should be made of paper or cardboard; they are safer than plastic, wood or metal
  • Put the child's name, address and phone number on the inside of their costume in case of an accident or lost child
  • Children should wear comfortable shoes; poor-fitting shoes are uncomfortable and may cause a fall
  • Trick-or-Treat bags should not be too large; they can obscure vision or cause child to trip
  • Make sure wigs and costumes are fire proof

To Trick-or-Treat safely, your child should:

  • Eat a full meal prior to going out so he/she won't be tempted to eat treats before they can be properly checked (Tell your children not to eat treats until you have checked them.)
  • Visit only the homes in your neighborhood that are well lighted (Plan your child's route)
  • Travel in a group or with an adult. Never enter a home
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Cross streets at corners, never from between two vehicles
  • STOP and LOOK both ways before crossing streets and LISTEN
  • Walk on the sidewalk or facing traffic if there are no sidewalks
  • Watch for cars driving into or backing out of driveways

Treats -- Give them a safety check:

  • Check for holes or loose wrappers, pour powdered candy into a container and look for discoloration or lumps.
  • Only eat opened candy, fruit, etc., if you know the person it came from.
  • Wash fruit, then cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Homemade treats should only be eaten if you are absolutely sure they came from a safe source.

Tricks – Tell your children:

  • To CHECK FIRST with you before they go ANYWHERE with ANYONE at ANY TIME. Teach this to them as a slogan and have them repeat it.
  • Don't play pranks. Damaging other peoples' property is a crime.

Safety around home:

  • Do not light candles around the walkways. If you would like luminaries or to light a jack-o-lantern, use a battery operated light source or glow stick.
  • Keep walkways unobstructed and well lit.
  • Don't let anyone you don't know into your home.

Safe alternatives:

  • Trick-or-Treat in a local shopping mall or attend community sponsored events. Watch newspapers for information.
  • Host a family party or join your neighbors for a theme block party.

If your child is the victim of a crime (stolen candy, intimidation, threats, etc.) talk to the suspect's parents or call the police if you wish to prosecute. If any problems arise, call the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000.