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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: “Trick or Treat” Halloween Safety Tips

10/30/2008  11:30:00 AM
Police Media Relations  (206) 684-5520

“Trick or Treat” Halloween Safety Tips

The Seattle Police Department encourages safety and supervision when celebrating Halloween. It is especially important for parents to adhere to a few safety rules for their children when they are trick or treating.

  • Children should go out during daylight hours only, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Plan a safe route and make sure children are old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves.
  • Remind your children not to cut through alleys. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and don’t go off the beaten path.
  • Remind your children to stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless an adult accompanies them.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible.
  • Remember that drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially during hours of darkness.
  • Remind your child to never cross the street from between parked cars, use crosswalks.
  • Remind kids to stay together as a group if going out to trick or treat without an adult.
  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • Candy that has been opened should be thrown away.
  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
  • Make sure that fake knives, swords and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible material to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!

It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe for everyone.

  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police.

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