Halloween Safety Tips Courtesy of the Men and Women of the Boston Police Department

Halloween Safety Tips Courtesy of the Men and Women of the Boston Police Department: If you are going to be out trick-or-treating this Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, we ask that do you so safely and respectfully. If you are traveling on the roadways in our neighborhoods, we expect and encourage you to drive extra slow and be extra cautious given the surplus of super enthusiastic trick-or-treaters crisscrossing streets throughout the city. In an effort to make this year’s Halloween the safest it can be, we’ve created a list of Halloween safety tips for you and your family. From all of us here at the BPD, let’s make this Halloween the safest one yet!!!

Halloween Safety Tips for you and your family:

  • Parents should establish a curfew and route for children which keeps kids close to home within familiar areas and surroundings.

  • Remind kids not to enter stranger’s homes or vehicles.

  • Remind children to avoid homes without an outside light.

  • Attach your phone number & address to your children’s costume.

  • Take a flashlight.

  • Be sure clothing & costumes are bright, reflective and flame resistant.  

  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home.

  • Once home, all candy should be inspected before it is ingested.

  • 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.

  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can ignite costumes and long wigs.

  • Make sure that fake knives, swords and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials so as to avoid accidental injury.

  • If giving out candy, make sure your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters.  

  • Keep a porch light on.

  • Move 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.

  • If driving, drive slowly all evening. You never know what creature may suddenly appear and cross your path. Slower is always better.

  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.  

  • Again, set a curfew. Ideally, trick-or-treating should go no later than 8:30pm.