Halloween Safety Tips

SFPD halloween safety tips

Halloween Safety

Help make the evening safe!

Halloween has been celebrated on October 31st in the United States since the early 1800's and is traditionally a family-oriented holiday when children get to dress up and enjoy candy and other treats. Halloween is a time for fun with friends, family and neighbors with children trick-or-treating door-to-door. Most people are friendly and nice but there are some who play cruel tricks on children and ruin the good time.

In order to assist San Francisco's community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the SFPD has compiled the following. So be sure to take a flashlight and/or reflective clothing when walking in the neighborhood with your little goblins.

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.
  • Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.
  • Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.
  • All fruit should be cut and and closely examined before eating.
  • Advise children that they should never enter strangers' homes.
  • Never invite children into your home.
  • Children should never accept rides from strangers.
  • Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.
  • Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.
  • Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.
  • Instruct children not to stray from their group.
  • A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.
  • Adult escorts should carry flashlights.
  • Don't leave your home unattended on Halloween night.
  • Keep pets inside your home or another safe place on Halloween night.
  • Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities.
  • Parents should know what route their children will be taking.
  • All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.
  • Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.
  • Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
  • Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
  • Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.
  • Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision.
  • Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
  • Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.
  • Motorists should drive slowly, yield to young pedestrians and watch out for Trick-or-Treaters darting into the street.

If you suspect that candy may be tainted, please bring it to any of SFPD's ten district police stations for disposal.