Frightening statistics confirm that Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children, teens, and young adults. To ensure Halloween night is a safe night the National Crime Prevention Council, the nation’s premiere crime prevention organization and home to icon McGruff the Crime Dog, has released a list of Halloween safety tips for young adults, teens, and children. Please see a few of our tips below.


• Set a time limit, and plan a safe route, remind teens and young children that it is not a good idea to take shortcuts or alleys, or cut through random backyards.

• Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a person’s vision—a dangerous thing when crossing streets and going up and down steps.

• Children should remember not to eat any treats they collect until they get home, and the treats are inspected by an adult in a well-lighted area.

• Be sure children carry a flashlight, glow stick, or reflective candy bag so they are clearly visible to others, especially if trick or treating at night.

• Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver who can get them home safely.

For additional tips and Halloween activities, visit http://www.ncpc.org/topics/halloween-safety.


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