Halloween Safety Tips

​MUHLENBERG TOWNSHIP'S OFFICIAL TRICK OR TREATING NIGHT IS OCTOBER 31, 6-9PM

Trick-or-Treaters

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

Parents

  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
  • Children should carry a cell phone. Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult. 
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark. 
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant 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.

Homeowners

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Secure them to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
  • Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • 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.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.