MPD Offer Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

- We recommend that children do not use props like guns, knives, or swords.

Drive extra carefully on Halloween and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Make sure to watch flowy costumes near jack-o-lanterns and other decorations, as they can get stuck or catch fire. Pedestrians should only cross streets at designated crosswalks and make extra efforts to ensure it is safe to cross.

"We do programs like this regulary, to emphasize to kids the importance of being safe, on not just Halloween, but every day", said Skinner.

Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating. If the candy looks tampered with in anyway, throw it away. All suspicious items should be reported to local law enforcement.

Inspect all treats in a well-lit place. While Trick-or-Treating is a fun tradition, it can also lead to candy-overload.

All treats should be examined before children begin eating it.

As children prepare for a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating, a few precautionary measures could prevent vehicle-related deaths and other injuries. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far to the side as possible.

Walk on the sidewalks.

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Young children should trick or treat with an adult.

Children should never be sent out alone to trick or treat.

Instead of masks which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.

Wear reflective clothing or bright costumes.

Always test make-up in a small area first.

Choose costumes, including wigs and accessories, that are flame-resistant. What's more, it tells the visitors you're busy watching TV and won't be coming to the door any time soon, but points them in the direction of your candy. Consider placing signs outside your home letting drivers know that children will be visiting your house.

Before leaving, lock doors, activate your alarm system, and keep your porch light on.

  • Sonia Alvarado