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Tips for Staying Safe This Halloween

Top tips for having a fun - but safe - Halloween this year.

Halloween can be a fun time for kids and adults alike - as long as you stay safe.

Below are common police tips for enjoying Halloween while staying safe at the same time.

For an easily printable version, see the PDF attached to this article.

Have a safe and happy Halloween from your friends at Patch.

  • Trick-or-treat while it is still light outside.
  • Wear a costume that makes it easier for you to walk and be visible.
  • If you do trick-or-treat at night, wear a costume of a lighter color that is more easily visible.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • If your costume includes a mask, be sure to take off your mask while crossing the street.
  • Consider wearing makeup instead of a mask.
  • Ask your parents or other grown-ups to trick-or-treat with you, or go in groups.
  • Consider using reflective tape to make yourself more visible at night.
  • Cross only at intersections or crosswalks - NEVER cross behind vehicles.
  • Plan your trick-or-treat route beforehand.
  • Select costumes, masks, wigs or beards that are flame-retardant.
  • Keep flammable decorations away from open flames like candles, pumpkin lights, etc.
  • Wait until you get home before eating any candy, so your parents can check it first.
  • Avoid lightweight, cotton fabrics and costumes with loose, baggy sleeves.

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