Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a favorite time of year for children and adults all around New York City. Here are tips for celebrating in a safe and healthy way.


  • Make your child visible - Choose a brightly-colored treat bag and costume, and place reflective strips on the costume. These actions help drivers see your child better in the dark.
  • Costumes and masks should fit well to avoid blocked vision or tripping. Costume accessories such as swords, canes and jewelry should not be too long or sharp
  • Decorative contact lenses can cause serious eye injury. Check with your doctor before wearing them.


  • Supervise your child when trick-or-treating or make sure they're with a trusted adult. Don't let your child enter anyone's home alone.
  • Tell your child to look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at street corners.
  • Carefully check treats for tampering, choking hazards and possible allergies. Do not let your child eat any open or unwrapped treats.
  • Limit the amount of treats your child eats.

Expecting Trick-or-Treaters

  • Give out healthy treats such as dried fruit packets or whole wheat mini pretzels.
  • Remove clutter and wet leaves from sidewalks and steps to avoid slips and falls.

Pumpkin Carving

  • Only adults should carve the pumpkin. Supervise children closely around carving tools.
  • Use a tea light or glow stick in the jack o'lantern instead of a burning candle.

Related Links:

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Halloween Health and Safety Tips

NYC Police Department Safety Tips for Halloween