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Halloween Tricks and Tips for Your Family

For many children, Halloween is a magical holiday. You can dress up as anything that you want to be and people give you free sweets and treats just for walking around in a costume! What could be better than that? We want your holiday to be filled with all the fun and safe from potential pitfalls.


Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

We noticed that several police departments across the US offer safety instructions for Halloween. We would appreciated the articles from Phoenix and Newport Beach as we were writing our own tips and tricks blog. With many extra children and people moving around in neighborhoods, here are some important tips to keep everyone safe:


Younger Kids
  • Children under 12 should always be with an adult.

  • It is recommended that trick-or-treaters carry a flashlight or glowstick

  • Wearing something reflective or carrying a bag that is reflective is a good practice.

  • Costumes should fit well enough to keep children from tripping on them. Flame resistant material and wigs are recommended.

  • Masks that block or obscure vision should be replaced with make up.

  • Walk on sidewalks as much as possible.

  • Look both ways when crossing the street.

  • Never cross the street between parked cars or mid-block.

  • If you are driving in neighborhoods where there are children trick-or-treating, slow down and be extra cautious. Sometimes children get a little excited and may rush into the street unexpectedly. Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween.

  • Try to stay in well-lit neighborhoods and only go to houses with lights on.

  • Don't allow your children to enter ANY house.

  • Parents should always inspect treats before children eat them. Discard anything that is loose or in torn packaging.


Older Kids and Teens

If you have children over 12 that want to be out trick-or-treating with friends, here are some extra guidelines recommended by the police:

  • Older children should travel in groups and remain in familiar neighborhoods.

  • Establish a specific route for trick-or-treating or have teens check in when changing neighborhoods.

  • Establish a time that your child should return home.


Let the Family Core help you this Halloween. Our Location Check-In feature allows teens, parents and children to let everyone know where you are with a simple click. It would be a great idea to have teens check in as they move to different neighborhoods.


We would like to thank the men and women that serve our communities as police officers and first responders. We appreciate all that you do to help make this holiday a safe and enjoyable one for our families.

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