Halloween Safety Tips

CREATED Oct 30, 2013

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  • It is important for children and adults to think about safety on this annual day of make-believe.

Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. There is no real "trick" to making Halloween a real treat for the entire family. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes. Both children and adults need to think about safety on this annual day of make-believe. 

Some Safety Tips from the Lansing Area Safety Council


  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars or walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 

  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. 


  • Make sure that an adult or responsible older youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12. 

  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions. 

  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route. 

  • Teach your children to stop only at places that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home. 

  • Establish a return time. 

  • Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home. 

  • Pin a slip of paper with the child's first name, and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group. 

  • Give children an early meal before going out. 

  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. When it doubt, throw it out. 

  • Wash any fruit children are given and slice it into small pieces. 


  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costume. 

  • Costumes should be loose so that warm clothes can be worn underneath. 

  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. (Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween.) 

  • Brighten a costume with reflective tape and glow stick from the Lansing Area Safety Council. 

  • Opt for make-up rather than a mask. Masks diminish sight and make breathing more difficult. 

  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials and should not look too real. 



  • Do NOT enter homes or apartments without adult supervision. 

  • Walk, do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards. 

  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.