Crime Prevention Month: Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun and spooky holiday for people of all ages to enjoy. However, a lot can go awry on Halloween so it’s best to stay informed and check out the tips for parents below from the National Crime Prevention Council. Halloween can be a “howling” good time for all when taking the right safety precautions!

  1. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult while trick or treating and make sure older kids go out with a group of friends.
  2. Discuss a route with your children for them to follow while they’re out trick or treating and discuss an end time.
  3. Opt for makeup instead of masks for costumes so children don’t have hampered vision.
  4. Be sure everyone has a flashlight for when it gets dark. For younger children be sure to go while it is still light out.
  5. Vandalism and pranks are especially prevalent on Halloween. Have a chat with your children about the importance of respecting other people’s homes and that vandalizing comes with serious consequences.
  6. When the kids come home, review the content of their trick or treat bags.
  7. Add light colors or reflective tape to costumes for when it’s dark out.
  8. Report any suspicious activities you see to the local police department.
  9. If you’re driving during Halloween evening, be sure to drive slowly for pedestrians.
  10. Turn on your exterior lights for easier visibility.

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