How to Have a Safe Yet Spooky Halloween

We like Halloween to be as spooky as possible – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be safe, too! 👻 As you’re making your plans for Halloween night, please keep these safety tips in mind.
For parents:
  • Plan and discuss your child’s route if you aren’t joining them for trick-or-treating
  • Remind children that they should never enter a stranger’s house
  • Make sure they know to cross at intersections or corners, not between parked cars
  • Trick-or-treat in groups – it’s more fun AND safer that way
  • Always send your child out with a flashlight – bonus points for reflective costumes!
For drivers:
  • Stay alert, as children tend to be preoccupied with Halloween festivities
  • Leave driveways and parking spaces slowly, and double-check that no one is in the way
  • Drive slowly, particularly through residential areas
  • Do not pass vehicles stopped in the roadway, as they may be stopped for pedestrians
  • Don’t let yourself get distracted by your phone – avoid distractions and stay alert!
For our seniors:
  • Keep your lights on, even if you aren’t participating in Halloween – you can put up a sign if necessary
  • For everyone’s safety, keep trick-or-treaters outside
  • Remove tripping hazards from your porch and entryway to the home
  • Talk to your neighbors – ask them to check in on you Halloween evening, hand out treats as a team!
  • If you aren’t going to be home, kindly ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on it
For pet owners:
  • Keep chocolate up and away from your pet, as it can be poisonous to them
  • Watch for wagging tails near Jack-o’-lanterns, as they may have candles inside
  • Not all trick-or-treaters like dogs – make sure to keep your pet on a leash or behind a gate away from the front door!
  • Make sure your pet has identification on in the event that they accidentally get loose
We hope you all have a safe and hauntingly good Halloween! 🎃