Halloween Safety Tips
The City of Madison will observe Halloween on Monday, October 31st.
The Madison Police would like you to have a safe and Happy Halloween. We have a few safety tips to share with you:
1. Adults: Young children in groups should always be with one or more adults. Even older kids should never trick- or-treat alone. Always go out on Halloween with a group and keep track of each other.
2. Beware of Potential Predators: Teach your children they must NEVER enter a house unless you are with them. Teach them not to approach a vehicle occupied or not, unless they are with you.
3. Costumes: Costumes should be non-flammable and not too long or bulky so kids don't have a hard time going up and down porch steps. Costumes that are lighter in color are easier to spot by cars. Put reflective tape on kids' costumes and candy sacks so that children can be seen more easily by traffic.
4. Slow Down: Tell your children to slow down. There is no need to run. Teach them to take their time and be respectful of people's property by using sidewalks and driveways especially when there are lots of decorations laid out. Wait for each other before going to the next house. This is where kids get lost or left behind. It only takes one moment.
5. Street Safety: Trick-or-Treat on one side of the road at a time so you don't go back and forth across traffic frequently. Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
6. House Safety: If you are expecting trick-or-treaters, make your own house is safe. Keep jack-o-lanterns that are lit off of porch areas where kids with long costumes will be stepping. Make sure kids have a clear path. Also keep a close eye on inside jack-o-lanterns so that curtains and other indoor materials don't catch on fire.
7. Extra equipment: Have your children carry flashlights and glow sticks so they can see and be seen. Also, carry a cell phone in case you get cold, or an emergency arises, you can call for help.
8. Signals: Teach your children to only go to homes that are well lit both outside and inside. If a house seems strange, skip it. There are plenty of others.
9. Go Early: You'll have more time and feel less rushed.
10. Candy: A parent should inspect all candy. Older kids should know not to eat anything that looks even slightly opened or suspicious. Anything NOT in its original wrapper should be avoided. That means don't take a chance eating any goody bags or fruits.