Safety first

 Everyone knows Halloween is supposed to be fun. The one way to ensure that it's just that is to follow some simple safety tips. It all comes down to common sense from both parents and kids, so here's our common-sense guide:

  • Walk on sidewalks; not in the street.

  • Look both ways before crossing the street.

  • Cross the street only at corners.

  • Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.

  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.

  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.

  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.

  • Be cautious of animals and strangers.

  • Throw out anything that appears tampered with, home-made foods, or home-packaged foogs unless you are certain of the source.

  • Inspect fruit closely and take away treats that may not be age-appropriate. Young children may choke on things like hard candy or peanuts.


  • Costumes should not have trailing material or tails long enough to cause falls.

  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.

  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible.

  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.

  • Keep away from open fires and candles.

  • Be sure all parts of the costume are labeled flame retardent.

  • Pointed objects such as swords and devils' forks should be made of soft material.

  • If your child wears a mask instead of make-up on their face, double check that the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.

  • Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing underneath their costumes.