Boo! Your Guide to Halloween

Many orange halloween pumpkins and Jack O Lanterns isolated on white background.

Updated Oct. 31

It’s time for silly and spooky costumes in all corners of our community. As we celebrate Halloween, here are a few things to know.


1.) Ongoing Updates


2.) When is Trick-or-Treating?

Some communities, cities and counties designate a specific time and sometimes a day other than Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating. Fairfax County Government does not set a different date. Halloween is Monday, Oct. 31. Your homeowners association or apartment complex may set times for events, but neighborhood trick-or-treating is generally the evening of Oct. 31.


3.) Safe Costume Tips

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters can be seen by wearing something reflective or carrying a flashlight or glow stick.
  • 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.


4.) Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Children should only visit homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Inspect your children’s candy before they eat it — especially for any food allergies.
  • Make sure children know their phone number and address — and to provide this information to a police officer in an emergency or if lost.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets, if possible. Cross streets only at the corner and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • And when trick-or-treating, use battery-powered lights, keep your devices charged and pick a place to meet if you get lost:

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5.) Safety Tips for Us Older Ghosts

  • Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31. This will give you time to brake if you see a child dart in front of you.
  • When giving candy, consider treats WITHOUT nuts and other common food allergies. Here are some quick Halloween food safety tips.


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