Halloween Safety Tips from the SDPD

  • Have your children wear light- or bright-colored clothing, or reflective tape so they can easily be seen
  • Make sure their costumes fit well. Oversized costumes and footwear can cause them to trip and fall
  • Make sure hats can’t slide over their eyes, and if they wear masks, that they fit securely and have eye holes that are large enough for full vision.
  • If they wear face make-up, apply only nontoxic and hypoallergenic paint or cosmetics.
  • Don’t let them wear costumes with excessive fabric. Loose clothing can brush up against a jack-o-lantern or other open flame and cause costumes to catch on fire.
  • If they carry props such as swords or knives, have them carry flexible ones. Inflexible ones can cause serious injury if they fall on them.
  • Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. Attach a tag with their name, address, and phone number to their clothes in case they get separated. It is better if they trick-or-treat during daylight.
  • Older children should trick-or-treat with friends. It is more fun and safer. They should carry cell phones and flashlights, have a curfew, tell you where they are going, go only to familiar, nearby neighborhoods, only visit homes with porch lights on, and remain within view from the street.
  • Remind your children to stay on sidewalks and otherwise walk facing traffic. And only cross streets at intersections and look both ways before crossing.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats they collect, but to bring them home for you to examine for holes, punctures, etc. Throw away any treats that are homemade or unwrapped.
  • If your child has food allergies, read all labels giving them any treats to eat.
  • Feed your children a snack or light meal before trick-or-treating so they won’t get hungry and sample some treats they collect.
  • If any treats look suspicious, call the SDPD on its non-emergency number (619) 531-2000

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