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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Multi-ethnic children dressed in Halloween costumes

Ghosts, zombies and ghouls might make your heart beat a little faster, but the truly scary aspect of Halloween can be the hazards of trick-or-treating. Halloween accidents are easily avoidable; you just need to coach your children on what to do — and what not to do — before Halloween night. Make sure your little ones stay safe this Halloween by following these tips:


  • Be seen by drivers. While some character costumes may call for dressing in all black, like witches or vampires, your child won’t be visible to drivers. Try to dress your kids in light, bright colors. If they must wear darker colors, costumes should at least have bright, reflective elements. White fabric, reflectors, neon colors, glow sticks and glow jewelry all make your child more visible to drivers.
  • Watch for trip hazards. Many Halloween decorations are low to the ground, like plastic zombies crawling out of tombs, fake gravestones and jack-o-lanterns. Make sure the path to the door is clear before your child walks up to get candy.
  • Carry a good flashlight with fresh batteries. Glow sticks are fun and give off a little light, but you really need at least one high power flashlight to see possible hazards ahead. If every child has a flashlight, that’s even better.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. Plastic dress-up heels might complement your child’s princess dress, but they’re not a good idea for trick-or-treating. Save the glass slippers for dress-up time and opt for rubber soled, sturdy shoes.
  • Paint your children’s faces or make sure their masks fit properly. If your child can’t see through a poorly-fitting mask, he or she may trip, have difficulty breathing or not be able to see oncoming traffic or other hazards. Consider non-toxic face paint as a great alternative to a full face mask. It will be safer and more comfortable, too.
  • Get the correct size costumes. If your child’s costume is too long, he/she could trip and fall while trick-or-treating.


    • Avoid burns. You can minimize your child’s chance of burns by purchasing a costume sold in a retail store (they’re required by law to be flame-resistant) or making a homemade costume out of fabrics like polyester or nylon. Warn your child that many Halloween decorations, like jack-o-lanterns, might have candles with open flames.


  • Choose safe prop weapons. Fake swords, knives or other prop weapons should be made of flexible material to avoid real injuries.
  • Teach your children how to interact with strangers. Make sure your children know not to enter a stranger’s home, and always supervise your young children or leave them with a trusted adult.
  • Practice pedestrian safety. Look both ways before crossing the street, and assume cars don’t see you. Try to find areas with sidewalks for trick-or-treating, and stay away from high-traffic areas.
  • Check all your child’s treats. Make sure that candy looks unopened before enjoying any of it. Look for choking hazards like tiny toys or hard candies if you have kids under the age of 3.


We know you and your children will love trick-or-treating in all the family friendly neighborhoods Western Prince William County offers! Stay safe and enjoy!

Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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