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Posted on: October 23, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Safety Tips from the Summit Police Department

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The Summit Police Department is sharing some safety tips for children and families for safe trick-or-treating on Halloween.

  • Choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials when choosing a costume.
  • If you will be outdoors after dark, attach reflective tape to your costume and treat bag.
  • If it’s chilly outdoors, make sure your costume is loose enough for warm clothing to be worn underneath, but not long enough to cause tripping.
  • Avoid oversized shoes and high heels.
  • A decorative mask can obstruct vision especially if it slips out of place. Use non-toxic makeup instead.
  • Limit accessories and pointed props such as wands, swords, and knives that often pose a safety hazard.
  • Trick-or-treaters younger than the age of 12 should be accompanied by an older sibling or adult.
  • Make sure someone in your group has a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Parents, if your child will be out trick-or-treating without you, plan a familiar route and set a curfew. Review safety rules, including staying with the group, walking only on the sidewalk, approaching only clearly lit homes, and never going inside a home or car for a treat.
  • If possible, have your child carry a cell phone but encourage them to put it away while trick-or-treating.
  • Inspect treats before your child eats them. Discard anything that is not sealed, has torn packages, or looks questionable.
  • If you have young children, be cautious of gum, peanuts, hard candies, and other choking hazards.

Homeowners that plan to distribute candy should review the following safety tips:

  • When preparing your house for trick-or-treaters, put away tripping hazards such as garden hoses, toys, and bikes.
  • Clear wet leaves and other debris from the sidewalk.
  • Replace burnt out bulbs to ensure visibility at the walkway or front door.
  • Be mindful of your pet and its reaction to visitors at the door, especially after dark.
  • If you will be driving on Halloween, watch for children crossing the street. Children are much more likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween than any other time of year. Be especially careful entering and exiting driveways and alleys.

For more information on the Summit Police Department, visit or call 908-273-0051.

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