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Halloween Safety Tips For Children When Trick or Treating

  • Published: 2010-10-14 (Revised/Updated 2016-10-25) : National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Synopsis: Read these top Halloween safety tips from a law enforcement source to keep your kids safe on Halloween

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Quote: "Don't let children go "Trick or Treating" alone. Be sure older children use the BUDDY SYSTEM. An adult should accompany young children."

Parents know how dangerous Halloween is for kids. From spiked Halloween candy, costumes that block vision or movement, predators, and teenage pranks, keeping your child safe is the top priority to make it a safe day.

Tips from a law enforcement source to keep your kids safe.

Kids and Parents should be aware of Halloween Safety tips to keep themselves protected during the day's trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. Besides the candy and goodies given out, the Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse has a list of fifteen tips to keep everyone safe this year.

  • 1. Don't let children go "Trick or Treating" alone. Be sure older children use the BUDDY SYSTEM. An adult should accompany young children.
  • 2. Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach. Stay within sight of the door when opened.
  • 3. Parents should be familiar with every house, and with all people from which the children receive treats.
  • 4. Children should be cautioned never to enter any home without prior permission from their parents.
  • 5. Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
  • 6. Make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • 7. When using face-masks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.
  • 8. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.
  • 9. Children should be warned to never approach any house that isn't well lit and that does not have a porch light on.
  • 10. Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents, a trusted adult, or the police.
  • 11. Children should be cautioned to run away immediately from people who try to lure them with special treats.
  • 12. Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
  • 13. Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped. The police should be notified if something has been tampered with.
  • 14. A good alternative to "Trick or Treating" is for parents to organize parties at home or through the child's school.

Related Information:

  1. Halloween Safety Tips
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  3. Important Safety Tips and Guidelines for Halloween - Guidelines from FDA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a safe and happy Halloween - U.S. FDA


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