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HALLOWEEN SAFETY

• 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.

Alternative Celebrations

• Halloween costume parties with treats, games,

contests, haunted houses, etc. at:

• Schools

• Fire stations

• Libraries

• Shopping centers/malls

Tips for Your Trick-or-Treaters

•Older children should travel with friends.

•Never alone.

•Set time limits for children to trick-or-treat.

•Map out a safe route.

•No shortcuts.

•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

wrappers.

Source:
HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Community Services Unit