Halloween is tomorrow and I just wanted to share a few safety tips for homeowners, parents, and trick-or-treaters. Please review them with your family:


  • Leave your porch light on even if you are not home or are not accepting trick-or-treaters. This helps increase visibility.
  • Post a sign on your door to let trick-or-treaters know if they can ring your doorbell. Our neighborhood passes out two sheets of paper to every house in the neighborhood a few days before Halloween (see above). One is green and has a cute picture along with the words “Trick or Treat – Happy Halloween”. The other is red and has a cute picture along with the words “See you next year – please do not disturb”. If you want trick-or-treaters, put the green sign on your door; if you do not want trick-or-treaters, put the red sing on your door. Also, when you run out of candy, you can switch to the red sign for the rest of the night, all the while keeping your porch light on for safety.
  • Do not use candles where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing. Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • Do not park cars in the streets, have evening guests park up in the driveway to keep streets and sidewalks clear.
  • Keep pets away from the doorway.
  • Do not ask children to come inside your doorway to get candy.


  • Children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Everyone should carry a flashlight. Also consider using neon glowsticks and reflectors.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.


  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.

Last year I wrote articles on Halloween Candy Alternatives and Tips for Limiting Halloween Candy Consumption. With all the sickness going around now, it’s especially important to reduce or eliminate candy and other sugars.

-Wendy – ParentingTips365.com

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