Tips to make Halloween fun and safe

Superheroes, princesses, and a variety of strange characters are about to invade your neighborhood. Halloween is this Monday but many communities have set trick-or-treat hours for this weekend. To help keep those ghosts and goblins safe, Wisconsin Emergency Management’s “ReadyWisconsin” campaign has some Halloween tips.


Trick or Treat Rules

  • Children under the age of 12 should not trick-or-treat alone.
  • Children over 12 should walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Only visit well-lit homes and never accept rides from strangers.

Be Seen

  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Fastening reflective tape to costumes and bags also helps drivers see you.

Safe Costumes

  • Make sure costumes (including masks, beards and wigs) are flame resistant.
  • Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
  • Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
  • Test make-up in small area and remove all make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • ​​​​​​​Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

Check Your Treats

  • An adult should examine treats for choking hazards and tampering.
  • Tell your child not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • ​​​​​​​Avoid eating homemade treats made by a stranger.

Safety Tips For Motorists

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

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