Halloween Safety

Since Halloween is almost upon us, the BPD has some tips on how you can have a safe and fun Halloween. Below are some useful safety tips as well as a fun video series to get you ready for Halloween. Make sure you talk to your kids about how to be safe and follow these tips so your Halloween is a treat. Our thanks to Hollywood Horror Show for their help in these videos. For more safety tips, visit us at Crime Prevention and to view these Halloween tips and more, download the National Crime Prevention Council's kit.

Stranger Danger:

  • Tell children to never enter someone's house or car
  • Tell children to report any suspicious behavior of an older person 
  • Escort young children yourself; you may want to take them in groups

Costumes:

  • Only let children wear a costume labeled as fire-retardant
  • Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls
  • Apply reflective tape to the costume
  • Only allow cardboard weapons - plastic or metal objects can cause harm to another child

Timing:

  • Try to get children out while it's still light
  • Provide your child with flashlights
  • Give children glow sticks to make sure they're visible to motorists
  • Set a definite time that children must be home

Treats:

  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to stop them is to feed a substantial meal before going out.
  • Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place

Street Smarts:

  • Tell children to walk only on clearly marked sidewalks or paths and cross the street only in marked crossings.
  • Tell children to look both left and right
  • Tell children not to take any shortcuts, especially through a backyard, alley or playing field, be specific.
  • Don't let your child use ear buds or any other electronic device that might impede hearing
  • Arrange for a neighborhood watch group, PTA, or scout troop to provide volunteers to patrol the area

Location

  • Consider organizing a big Halloween party at school or a community center in lieu of trick or treating

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