Halloween Safety Tips

Friday, October 18, 2019

​It's that spooky time of year again!


Halloween is right around the corner, and it is one of the most enjoyable holidays for children. The Virginia Beach Police Department wants everyone to have a howling good time, so please take in consideration these safety tips to keep your Trick-or-Treater safe, and keep the fun in Halloween!


Trick-or-Treat begins at dusk and ends at 8 p.m.

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:


  • Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly through the neighborhoods. 

    Use extra caution when entering and exiting driveways and alleyways.

  • Join in the fun and accompany young children. 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 (keep your eyes on your little one while trick-or treating, not on your phone). 
  • Watch out for traffic and only cross at corners. Be careful not to cross between parked cars. 
  • Do not assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters; just because one car stops does not mean others will.
  • 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 all 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.


    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.
  • Take extra care to eliminate tripping hazards on your driveway / walkway/ porch. Clear the walkways 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. 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 and walkways.

    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.