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ESP COPP Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters, Parents and Motorists

Posted: October 30, 2019



  • Small kids should never trick-or-treat alone.

  • Older kids should pre-plan their route and share it with their families.

  • Ensure kids wear bright-colored costumes and/or fasten reflective tape to their costume or bag.

  • Avoid masks that restrict vision.

  • Visit only well-lit houses with the lights on.

  • Kids shouldn't go into houses unaccompanied for their treats.

  • Don't eat any treats until an adult has inspected them.

  • Parents should check their kids' candy before allowing them to eat it.

  • Discard all unwrapped or improperly wrapped candy.

  • Don't criss-cross the street or run out from between parked cars.  Always go down one side of the street, cross at the corner, and then go down the other side.

  • Look both ways before crossing the street.

  • Walk, don't run.  Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and backing up.

  • Kids should never accept treats from people in cars, and never get in anyone's car.


  • Drivers need to use extra caution; children may forget to follow simple pedestrian safety rules with the excitement of Halloween.

  • Reduce your speed, drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating and stay alert.

  • Slow down and proceed with caution when entering and exiting driveways or backing up.

  • Never pass a stopped vehicle without first checking for pedestrians crossing the street.

  • Ensure your headlights and tail lights are on a dusk so pedestrians can see you more easily.



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