Safety office issues tips for safe trick-or-treating

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  • By Staff Sgt. Samantha Paschal
  • 81st Training Wing Safety Office
Halloween is a night of celebration for both children and adults. We dress in costumes and solicit treats door-to-door. Although celebrations are meant to be fun, there are a few things you should beware of in order to stay safe on the spookiest night of the year.
Costume Safety

Unfortunately, vampires, goblins and werewolves don't glow in the dark. There are some precautions you should take when you are roaming the streets. Selecting the right costume can ensure you stay safe during the night. Be sure that it fits correctly to avoid trips and falls.


· Make eye holes big enough for children to see where they are walking.

· Be mindful of vehicles, especially when it's dark. Don't assume drivers can see you. Normal costumes do not illuminate in the dark, unless you're the "Ghost of Christmas Past."

· Glow sticks are a great way to provide light while walking; most are non-toxic and inexpensive.

· Dress for the weather, not the occasion. If it's too hot outside it may be too hot to wear certain costumes.

Pet Safety

It is Halloween night, and people are constantly at the door. This may be very frightening to your pets. Have a plan; put them in a back room or in a kennel during trick-or-treating hours.


· If you plan on walking your pets during Halloween keep them on a tight leash. If you are a cat owner, please keep them indoors. Halloween isn't the best time to allow your cat to roam the streets. Some people may take it as an opportunity to hurt them.

· Although pet costumes can be cute, this doesn't mean they will like wearing it. If they are uncomfortable, don't make them wear it.

Trick or Treating Safety

Children under the age of 12 should not walk alone without adult supervision. Some people may get separated from their children on this hectic night. Have a plan, discuss a central location to meet up if separated. If your child is mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stay to common areas and always stay in groups. Agree on a time when they should return home.


· Parents or a responsible adult should always scan the area before approaching homes. This will prevent children from tripping over items such as bikes, garden hoses and lawn decorations.

· Remind mature children to only go to houses with porch lights on and never enter someone's home or car. "Stranger danger" still applies, especially on this night.

· Teach children to stay close and never run out into the street. Some children think it's okay because they are walking with the flow of pedestrians. Cross the street at intersections and never walk between parked cars.

· Inspect all treats for choking hazards and only consume factory sealed candy. Never eat homemade candy from strangers.

Driving Safety

Halloween is a night with increased foot traffic in neighborhoods. This will elevate the potential for pedestrian accidents. As a driver, please be aware of your surrounding at all times.


· Pay extra attention at crosswalks, intersections and both sides of the road. It's very common for children to dash out into the streets on Halloween night. Take extra caution and drive slower than normal. Don't assume pedestrians will stop walking.

· If you have somewhere to be, give yourself plenty of time to arrive safely to your destination.

· If you are driving your kids door to door, pull off the road in a safe spot and turn your hazard lights on so other vehicles are alert.

· Don't drive distracted. Keep your eyes on the road and do not use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving. This will ensure everyone is safe inside and outside of the vehicle.

Overall, Halloween can be a great time to spend with family and friends. We encourage you to take safety precautions when engaging in any activity. Remember, safety first!