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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 trick-or-treating.

  • Know your treaters' route

  • Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars.

  • Take a flashlight

  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.

  • 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 inspected closely.

  • 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 p.m.
     

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 safe everyone.

  • 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 groups.

  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.

  • Drive slowly all evening-you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.

  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
     

For adults who are celebrating, there are some things to consider when creating that "perfect" Halloween Costume.

  • 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.
     

Halloween Safety Tips from Huntsville Fire & Rescue
 
McGruff Halloween Safety Quiz & Coloring Page
 

More Halloween Safety Tips Available From About.com

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