The Huntsville Police Department encourages safety and
supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat season. It
is especially important for parents to adhere to a few
safety rules for their children when they are
Know your treaters' route
Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or
Take a flashlight
Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are
Young children should be accompanied
by their parents or another responsible adult.
Set rules about not eating treats until kids get
home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing
kids to eat them.
Candy that has been opened should be thrown
away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be
Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people,
especially at dusk.
Never cross the street from between parked cars.
Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they
can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are
made from cardboard or other flexible materials to
avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken
for the real thing!
Limit trick-or-treating from 4 to 7
It is also important to ensure that your home is safe
and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are
some very simple things we can do to make the evening
Turn on your porch light.
Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where
kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in
Remove objects from your yard that might present
Drive slowly all evening-you never know what
creature may suddenly cross your path.
Report any suspicious or criminal activity to
For adults who are celebrating, there are some things
to consider when creating that "perfect" Halloween
Make sure that any accessories, such as fake
guns, knifes, and other potentially dangerous items
are not mistaken for the real thing.
Fire safety and visibility are also important
for adult costumes. Apply the same standards to
adult costumes as you do to your children's.
Remember adults that are dressed up can be
pretty scary to young children.
© 2012 The City of Huntsville, Alabama