Safe Trick-or-Treating

As ghosts and vampires get ready to roam the streets, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a frightfully safe Halloween.

Costume Safety

Whether a child wants to be a princess, a monster or a superhero for Halloween, parents can help keep kids safe by:

-Adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

-Using flame-resistant costumes.

-Using face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see.

Navigating the Neighborhood

To maximize safety, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood. Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:

-Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.

-Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.

-Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.

-Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.

-Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.

-Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

Trick or Treat!

For those who expect to greet trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:

-Make sure the outdoor lights are on.

-Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.

-Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.

-Restrain pets.

-Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.

Visit for more advice on having a safe and fun Halloween.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Cincinnati/Dayton Region serves a 36-county area in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. American Red Cross and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati-partners in fundraising. For more information, please visit


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