Halloween Tips

Have a fun and safe Halloween tonight! Here are a few safety guidelines:

  • Trick-or-Treaters should be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Only visit houses that are obviously inviting Trick-or-Treaters with the lights on
  • Do not eat candy during your outing, wait until parents go through it for safety
  • Food allergic people should exercise additional caution with their treats
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Use reflective tape on shoes, costume, and/or trick-or-treat bag
  • Carry a flashlight that works
  • Stay in areas that you know, like your own neighborhood

Halloween Safety Tips from America’s Most Wanted

1. Be sure older children TAKE FRIENDS and younger children are accompanied by a TRUSTED ADULT when “Trick or Treating.”

2. Accompany younger children to the door of every home they approach and make sure parents and guardians are familiar with every home and all people from which the children receive treats.

3. Teach children to NEVER enter a home without prior permission from their parents or guardians.

4. Teach children to NEVER approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

5. Make sure all children wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick when out at dusk and at night.

6. Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.

7. Teach children to NEVER approach a home that is not well lit both inside and outside.

8. Teach children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents, guardians and/or the proper authority.

9. Teach children if anyone tries to grab them to make a scene; loudly yell this person is not my father/mother/guardian; and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.

10. Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools or in community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

For more information about child-safety topics, please visit
the America’s Most Wanted website or contact us at
1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) or www.missingkids.com

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