Halloween is an enchanted, thrilling time of year for children and even many adults. The particular nature of Halloween traditions, however, can pose safety risks for all involved. To help prepare you and your family for a spooktacular holiday, we’ve compiled Tricks and Tips from the CDC and Nationwide Insurance.

Trick-or-Treating Safety for Children

S – Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

H – Hold a flashlight to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
A – Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E – Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Halloween Safety Tips for Adults

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall. Check lightbulb the night before trick-or-treating and replace any that require it.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’ lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended. Use battery-powered candles as an alternative to flame lit if possible.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely. Arrange a designated driver if necessary.
  • Keep vehicles in a garage where possible to avoid vandalism or accidental bumps and scratches from passersby. If your car must be left outdoors, it is recommended that valuables be removed from the car and brought indoors to discourage theft.
  • Pets should be brought inside and contained during trick-or-treat hours and/or while guests are present to avoiding stressing the pet or anyone visiting your home.


Content Adapted from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Halloween Health and Safety Tips and Nationwide’s Now from Nationwide Blog.