Have fun and stay safe on Halloween!
NOTE: Halloween is a community celebration, not something that Fairfax County Government plans or controls like other jurisdictions around the country. Trick or treating generally occurs in our community Oct. 31. If trick or treating happens in your neighborhood, please be safe around any downed trees wet leaves (especially for little princesses in slippers!) or other debris due to Hurricane Sandy.
Safe Trick or Treating Tips
Don’t let the excitement of Halloween allow your children to ignore the
normal safety precautions: Do not talk to strangers; do not go into
homes or cars of people they do not know; and do not approach
animals they do not know. Make sure children know their name, phone
number and address and to provide this information to a police officer
in an emergency or if they are lost.
Younger children should have an adult with them while older children
should provide their route and when they expect to return. If possible,
provide a cell phone for your children.
Children should only visit homes that have their porch lights
Inspect your children’s candy before they eat it. Although food
tampering is rare, it’s safest to eat only those candies that are
individually wrapped and not homemade, unless you know the families who
have prepared the homemade treats.
Have flashlights or glowsticks for children and/or for the accompanying
- Adults are reminded not to drink alcohol and drive.
Safe Costume Tips
Make sure your child’s Halloween costume is made with fire retardant
materials and has eye holes large enough for your child to safely
see out of. The costume should be short enough so it doesn’t interfere
If your child carries an accessory, such as a fake sword, make sure
it’s made from a flexible material such as rubber, so it cannot injure
your child or others.
- Consider using makeup on children’s faces instead of a mask to allow the child to see clearly.
More Safety Tips and Information
and Safety Podcast: October 17
"Trick or Treat"
- Halloween Health and Safety Tips From the CDC