Philadelphia16 Oct 2012 09:57 am

Information from the 3rd POLICE DISTRICT

Halloween is only two weeks away and, if your a parent, chances are your little “goblins” and “ghouls” are ready for a night filled with candy and fun. However, for parents, trick-or-treat time can also mean concerns for your child’s safety on Halloween night. By following a few simple safety precautions (courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Council in conjunction with National Crime Prevention Month, 2012), and taking some time to discuss them with your children before they venture out, you can ensure that you and your family enjoy a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you, and your house stay safe, remember the following tips:

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
  • Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local citizen’s group to haunt (patrol) your community.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department.

To make sure even the scariest costumes are safe, keep the following in mind when buying or designing one:

  • Try makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision the way masks can.
  • Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that young ones are safe around jack-o’-lanterns, candles, and other flames.
  • Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
  • Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  • If a costume involves any sort of fake weapon, make sure that it is made of a flexible material such as cardboard or foam. Or, avoid the whole problem of weapons by challenging your child to design a costume that is scary without one.

 Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treaters night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun:

  • Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.  

After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them:

  • Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
  • Remind kids not to eat everything at once, lest they be green even without the makeup.

Follow these few simple tips to ensure that you and your children enjoy a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!


 For more information on Halloween safety, visit the National Crime Prevention Council at

See something? Say Something.

For more information, contact the South Street Station:

P/O Mike Cermignano # 4034, (215) 922-6706 or e-mail



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