Crime Prevention Month - Halloween Safety Tips

Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council has designated October as crime prevention month. To raise awareness, the Boston Police Department is offering weekly crime prevention tips. This week’s theme is Halloween Safety.  Please see the tips below on how to celebrate safely.

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Halloween Safety

  • Parents should establish a route for children and stay within familiar areas and surroundings.
  • Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars.
  • Remind children to avoid homes without an outside light on.
  • Attach your phone number and address to your children’s costume.
  • Take a flashlight.
  • Be sure clothing/costumes are bright, reflective and flame retardant.
  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.
  • Never cross the street from between parked cars. Always use crosswalks to ensure you will be seen.
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
  • Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!
  • It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe everyone……
  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
  • Drive slowly all evening. You never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.