• Turn on exterior lights to welcome trick-or-treaters.
• Remove toys and other items from sidewalks and yard.
• Have your Neighborhood Watch or citizen’s group assist
in patrolling the neighborhood.
• Ask for volunteers to act as crossing guards.
• If you operate a motor vehicle, drive slowly and be
observant for children.
• Report suspicious activity or criminal activity to police.
Making child’s costume safe
• Make sure costumes are flame-retardant.
• Costumes should be kept short to prevent tripping.
• Have children wear comfortable shoes.
• Use make-up instead of a mask.
•Masks can be hot and can obstruct child’s view.
• Children should wear light colors or place reflective
tape on costumes.
• Make costume accessories, (such as knives, guns, or
swords) from cardboard or flexible materials.
• Halloween costume parties with treats, games,
contests, haunted houses, etc. at:
• Fire stations
• Shopping centers/malls
Tips for Your Trick-or-Treaters
•Older children should travel with friends.
•Set time limits for children to trick-or-treat.
•Map out a safe route.
•Tell children not to enter a stranger’s house.
•Have children trick-or-treat while it’s still light outside.
• If it is dark, have them carry a flashlight.
•Tell your children not to eat treats until they return home
and have you inspect them first.
•Allow children to eat only unopened candies and in original
HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Community Services Unit