The New York City Police Department today announced the
following safety tips that all parents and children should observe during the
Costume safety for children:
- Wear costumes that
are bright and reflective, and that are flame-retardant. If a costume is not
brightly colored, put reflective tape on the front and back of
- Wear costumes that
are not too baggy, and not too long, so that they won't cause you to trip.
Don't wear floppy shoes.
- Only wear masks
that you can see through easily. Non-toxic, hypoallergenic face paints are
preferable to masks.
- Don't carry costume
knives, guns or swords. If you do use them, make sure they look fake, and are
not hard or sharp.
- Bring a flashlight
with fresh batteries.
- Have your name and
address attached to your costume, or on a bracelet.
- Bring coins in case
you need to make a phone call.
Pedestrian safety while
- Walk only on
sidewalks -- never in the street.
- Cross at street
corners or crosswalks only -- never between parked cars.
- Cross the street in
groups, and only when the traffic light is green.
General safety for children while
- Make sure you know
your parents' or guardians' telephone number, and know how to call 911 in an
- Stay within
neighborhoods that are familiar to you. Parents should set up a route that
children can follow.
- Trick-or-treat in
groups -- never by yourself. Young children should be accompanied by an
- Never go into
buildings, homes, or elevators when you are alone. Never go up to a house that
- Do not talk to
strangers, and never get into a stranger's car.
- Never go into a
stranger's house to get a treat.
- Bring home all your
candy before you eat it, so that an adult can inspect it first.
Safety information for
- Consider hosting a
Halloween party in your home, instead of trick-or-treating.
- Go with your
children when they trick-or-treat.
- Stress to your
children they should not eat any candy until you have inspected
- When you inspect
candy, throw out all unwrapped or loosely wrapped items. Check wrappers for
tampering. Wash, cut and inspect any fruit. Inspect all homemade treats for
anything suspicious. When in doubt, throw it away.
- If you find
anything suspicious, call the police.
- Use battery-powered
lanterns or chemical light sticks for decorations instead of candles.