Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Staying Safe on Halloween

San Franciscans have been celebrating Halloween for more than 200 years. We here at the San Francisco Police Department want to make sure you and yours enjoy this fun holiday as safely as possible, which is why we offer you this list of trick-or-treating tips:

Watch out for your kids:

  • Keep children off the streets after dark.
  • Never let your kids go out with realistic replicas of firearms.
  • Do not let them go trick-or-treating alone, or without an accompanying adult.
  • If they do go out after dark, make sure they wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
  • Give your children a curfew and have them tell you what route they will be taking.
  • Closely inspect any treats before anyone eats them. Cut up and wash fruit to make sure it is safe to consume.
  • All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.
  • Make sure masks and wigs are fireproof and do not impair vision.

Remind your kids:

  • Never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Stay on the sidewalks, not the streets, and avoid backyards, shortcuts and alleys.
  • Stick with your friends. 

Take extra care on Halloween night:

  • Don't leave your home unattended.
  • Keep pets inside your home or another safe place.
  • 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.