City of Elyria > Departments > Police > Safety Info > Trick-or-Treat Safety

Trick-or-Treat Safety

Trick-or-Treater Safety Tips:


Trick-or-Treaters Tips

  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Don’t go into a stranger’s house.
  • Stay on Sidewalks.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume).
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • “No sidewalk?” Then walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.


Parent Safety Tips

  • Ideally, an adult should accompany young children of any age.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they’re going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected – before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.


Homeowner Safety Tips

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flowerpots that can trip the young ones.
  • Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaties will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.


Driver Safety Tips

  • Go slow, slow, slow all evening.
  • Adult Halloween party goers should have a designated driver.
  • Don’t Drink & Drive.


Have a safe and a Happy Halloween!