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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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City of Colorado Springs / Police / Be SAFE / Halloween Safety

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Tips for Trick or Treaters

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Stay on Sidewalks
  • Obey all traffic signals
  • 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.
  • Wear shoes that fit, even if they don't go with your costume.
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • If no sidewalk is present, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit. If the porch lights are off, move on to the next home.
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.


Tips for Parents

  • Have your child eat dinner before setting out so they don’t snack on un-inspected candy.
  • Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go out on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark, and that they have some sort of ID. Consider loaning them your cell phone just in case.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant and reflective material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they're going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.



Tips for Homeowners

  • If you don’t want to have trick or treaters visit your home, turn your porch light(s) off.
  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip youths or be used in mischief.
  • Some pets get frightened on Halloween. keeping them in to avoid inadvertent accidents will protect them.
  • Battery powered or electric jack o'lantern “candles” are preferable to a real flame.
  • Make sure electric powered decorations and jack o’lanterns have their cords taped down or away from sidewalks and porches.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Consider healthy food alternatives such as low-fat crackers, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat microwave popcorn.
  • Don’t pass out non-pre-packaged foods.


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    Links to Halloween related sites

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    Halloween Magazine: Includes safety tips, teacher activities and ideas, patterns for carving pumpkins, etc. Coloring pages, costume ideas, food and party ideas