Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes the most hectic for parents and guardians. The Halloween, take a moment to consider basic safety precautions that will make your children’s Halloween a safer night of fun.

Before Halloween

  • Choose bright, flame retardant costumes (Hint – Add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!)
  • Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets
  • Make sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated
  • Teach them how to call 911 in an emergency
  • Teach children to say “No!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them

Halloween Night

  • Never send younger children out alone – they should be with a parent or guardian, or another trusted adult
  • Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats
  • Don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them
  • Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them
  • Discuss basic pedestrian safety rules when walking to and from houses


Looking for a fun Halloween project for your children? Sign them up for Club UYN where they’ll find exclusive activities for club members.

This page was adapted from Halloween Safety Tips from NetSmartz.org, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.