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!
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
- 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 with walking.
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
Health and Safety Podcast: October 15
"Trick or Treat"
- Halloween Health and Safety Tips From the CDC