Tips for adults
- Welcome trick-or-treaters with porch lights and exterior lights on.
- Report suspicious or criminal activity to law enforcement immediately.
- Keep dogs and other pets away from doors so children will not become frightened or injured.
Tips for motorists
- Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited children, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
- Motorists should avoid all unnecessary travel on Halloween evening, and when driving they should drive slowly and be alert.
- Many accidents occur when motorists are backing vehicles out of driveways, unaware of the presence of small children.
- Tell children to be back home and designate a specific route for them to take.
- Tell children to never trick-or-treat alone. Go with at least two friends for the entire evening.
- Tell children to carry a flashlight and use it so drivers can see them and so they can see hazards in the street as well as other people.
- Tell children to cross only at street corners – never between parked cars and never diagonally across an intersection.
- Tell children to look in all directions before crossing the street and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
- Tell children not accept rides from strangers.
- Tell children to not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks.
- Tell children to not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch/front door area at all times.
Tips for Treats
- Tell children not to eat treats until parents have inspected them.
- Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
- Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
Tips for Costumes
- Make sure children’s costumes are not flammable. In lieu of masks, face makeup is recommended.
- Do not permit children to use floor-length or vision-impairing costumes. Wear comfortable and safe shoes.