Three girls dressed in witch and princess costumes trick or treating with their mom

Halloween Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 by UVM Health Network - CVMC

While Halloween can be a very exciting time for children and parents, it can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year. One scary fact is that, on average, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year.

It is important for both children and parents to practice Halloween safety tips for walking around the neighborhood.

Safety Rules

Before going out, review safety rules and expectations with your child or children. Remind them to look both ways before crossing the street, not to walk in the middle of the road, and walk instead of run.


Kids under the age of twelve need supervision. If they want to go out with their friends, suggest walking around as a group with parent chaperones. Make sure your child knows what to do if they get separated from their group.


When it comes to costumes, pick ones that are easy to layer, reflective, and easy to move around in. Don’t choose anything that will obstruct your child’s view or become too heavy for them to walk in.

Food Allergies

Parents, always read the ingredients label on treats. Many popular Halloween candies contain some of the most common allergens, such as peanuts, milk, eggs, soy or wheat. Be aware that even if these ingredients aren’t listed on the label, candy is at high risk of containing trace amounts of common allergy triggers, because of where they are made.

Make Your Group Visible

Before going out for the night, make sure your group will be visible by cars. Try carrying around glow sticks or adding reflective tape on costumes or bags.

Keep Homes Safe

To keep homes safe for trick-or-treaters, parents should remove anything in the yard or porch that someone could trip on. Remember to keep the outside of the house well lit and ensure a clear path leading up to your house.


If your family is trick or treating in a new neighborhood, remember to practice good safety. It is important for parents to be familiar with the new area before heading out at night. Try asking other parents for advice on the route, or areas to avoid.

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