Trick-or-Treat Safety

Halloween is Wednesday, Oct. 31

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

​Halloween is Wednesday, Oct. 31. In Virginia Beach, Trick-or-Treat begins at dusk and ends at 8 p.m. for children 12 years of age and younger.

If you are passing out treats, please turn your porch light on so children will know they are welcome. If you are not passing out treats, please turn your porch light off from 6 to 8 p.m. Other safety tips for trick-or-treaters and hosts include:


  • Join in the fun and accompany young children, especially if they are under the age of 8. If you cannot accompany them, have them go with a group of other children. NEVER let them go alone. 

  • Wear light-colored clothing that is labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant and is short enough to prevent tripping. Add reflectors, glow sticks or glow-in-the-dark safety stickers for higher visibility.

  • Make sure your children can see clearly through face masks. Consider using face paint or makeup instead of a mask.

  • Carry a lightweight flashlight along with a fully charged cell phone. 

  • Watch out for traffic and only cross at corners. Be careful not to cross between parked cars. 

  • Let family know ahead of time what route and streets you plan to travel and what time you expect to return home.

  • Only visit homes where you know the residents.

  • Insist children use sidewalks or, if sidewalks aren't available, walk along the side of the street facing traffic.

  • Have children wait until they get home to eat their goodies so you can first examine their treats.

  • Accept only wrapped or packaged candy.

  • Most importantly, instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger, or get into a stranger's car. Explain the dangers and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to take them.

Hosts Passing Out Candy:

  • An adult should stay home to welcome trick-or-treaters.

  • Pets can get a little excited over all the activity, so keep your pets under control and away from the front door.

  • Clear your garage, lawn and walkway of tools, toys and other items.

  • Use electric lights or luminary bags to light front walkways.

  • Give out only wrapped or packaged candy.

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Remember, "If you see something, say something." To report any suspicious activity, dial 9-1-1, or if you need to obtain general information on city information and activities, simply dial 3-1-1.


Just Ask. Find. Go. You can get the lowdown on spooky Halloween happenings and other events from VB Connect, the official mobile app for Virginia Beach city government that uses Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to connect residents with key information and services.

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