Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but they can be vulnerable to injury on this night. To ensure trick-or-treaters stay safe, Cook Children’s Security department and Safe Kids Tarrant County, led by Cook Children’s, have teamed up for the following recommendations.


Halloween tips for children, adultsAlways trick-or-treat with an adult – either your parents or someone your parents have given you permission to go with on Halloween. Never go alone.

Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well-lit. Only trick-or-treat at houses known by you or your parents.

Never, ever go into a stranger’s house while trick-or-treating.

Do not talk to any strangers on the street, sidewalks or in cars.

Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

Never run out into the street or cross the street between parked cars.

Look left, right and left again when crossing; always walk don’t run, when crossing streets.

Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are backing up or turning.

Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there are not sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Do not run, but walk.

Wear light-colored, flame-retardant, costumes decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers. Be careful not to get too close to a jack-o-lantern candle.

Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls.

Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.

Wear face paint and makeup; a mask can restrict or limit your vision.

Have a plan where to meet if you are separated from your parent or the adult you are trick-or-treating with.

Do not pet strange animals while trick-or-treating.

Only visit houses with the porch lights on.

Never snack on candy until home. Make sure your parents have checked all of the candy and said it is OK to eat.

Carry a piece of paper with your parent’s phone number and address on it in case you get lost. Only give this to a police officer or someone you know. If you have a phone, call your parents or 911 if you get lost or scared.

If a stranger grabs you or gets too close – run or yell, “Stranger, stranger, stranger. That’s not my mommy or daddy.” Yell and scream as loud as you can.


Please write your child’s name in an inconspicuous place inside his/her costume. This will help the authorities in their investigation should your child become lost or missing.

Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.

Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road.

Be sure to drive with full headlights on to spot children from greater distances.

Take extra time to actively look for children at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see vehicles.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways.

Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Reduce any distractions, such as music or cell phone use, inside the car to allow for concentration on the road and pedestrians.

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