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Stay Safe this Halloween


  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don't run
  • Stay on Sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
  • Approach only houses that are lit
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know


  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out
  • Children should carry quarters so they can call home
  • Ideally, children of all ages should be accompanied by an adult
  • Do not let children go out on their own. Older children should go in a group and stick together. Be someone wears a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark. Know what streets they will be covering.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home before eating any


  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them somewhere safe to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitng a trick-or-treater
  • Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins

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