Halloween is such a fun time for kids! Parents can do several things to ensure it's not only fun, but SAFE. Here are some tips for making it a SPOOKTACULUR night. 


  • Brightly colored costumes for good visibility in the dark​
  • "Flame resistant" or "flame retardant" labels on costumes and any accessories
  • Masks that don't restrict your child's vision
  • Nothing that is a tripping hazard, such as robes or capes that are too long
  • Make sure to watch the weather and dress kids appropriately

Trick or Treating Rules

  • Younger kids should be accompanied by an adult
  • Routes should be restricted to your neighborhood or one you know well
  • Curfew time for older kids
  • Should go in groups of three or more
  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Bring flashlight, and if they have one – a cell phone
  • Stay on well-lit streets & don’t cut through parks or yards
  • Don’t run, walk.
  • Trick-or-treat only at well–lit homes, & the front door is as far as you go
  • Don't eat any candy until you can inspect it

Inside Your Home

  • Don't let younger children carve the pumpkin, but let them draw the face instead
  • Use battery-powered candles for pumpkins instead of real candles
  • Check out all the candy your kids bring home & throw out candy with wrappers that have been opened
  • Throw away candies that may be a choking hazard to children 3 yrs. old and younger

Outside Your Home

  • Remove tripping hazards from your yard
  • Put lighted pumpkins on a level surface & out of reach of small trick-or-treaters
  • Turn on your porch light!!!

Debbie Hanna
The Pat Wattam Team
RE/MAX First