Halloween Safety Tips

halloween safety tips

As Halloween approaches and everyone is gearing up for some ghoulish good times, 1-800 Charity Cars, an award winning national vehicle donation and distribution charity, would like to offer a list of Halloween safety tips, ideas, and suggestions for a safe Halloween night.

Halloween is the day of costumes galore. Everyone will be dressing up in costume: infants, children, teenagers, adults, and even pets! Costumes can be humorous, scary, seductive, historical, or even political personas. We have included some tips to make sure you have a safe and fun Halloween!


  • Make sure your costume is the right size and length to avoid any tripping hazards.
  • Choose the appropriate type of costume for the event you are attending, to avoid any confusion or upset over the costume being too scary or racy for those in your company.
  • Always remove any masks if you are out in your costume and have to enter a business, restaurant, or gas station for any reason. Sadly many people use costumes and Halloween to commit crimes, so it is better to avoid unnecessary fear by simply removing masks.
  • Masks are fun, but they need to be well fitted. The person wearing it should be able to breathe and see perfectly so it doesn’t become a danger.
  • Choose sensible, safe footwear. While many wear high heels, it is not a good idea if you plan on hitting the pavement to trick or treat. Shoes should fit well, laces double tied to avoid tripping or falling.
  • Accessories are great additions to costumes, but choose wisely! Do not overload costumes with excessive accessories that will end up getting lost, left behind, or parents end up toting them all night. Also make sure any weapons are clearly fake. Rubber, or plastic and will not impose any harm.

Makeup, Face Paint, Adhesives

If you use any type of makeup, face paint, glue, or prosthetic, be sure to read all the directions and information on the packaging.

  • Do not put anything on your face that is not intended for use on human skin.
  • Be sure to be very careful with anything you use around your eyes.
  • If any product you are using has a foul odor, it could be contaminated so dispose of it and purchase a new product.
  • If trying a product for the first time then do a test on your forearm to check for any allergic reactions.

What is Halloween with out some trick or treating or spooky decorations? Below you will find some tips to make both safe for everyone!


  • Before Halloween night, plan a designated route of safe areas you trust to go trick or treating. This will make your night more efficient and abolish worries of running into strange areas of which you are unsure.
  • Light up the night! It will be dark and everyone should wear something reflective. You can even get reflective tape you add to your costumes. Glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets are also great ideas, as well as flashlights. Also, make sure all drivers on the road can see everyone in your group.
  • Give everyone in your group a bag or bucket to carry to collect their goodies, but make sure you bring an extra bag for each to dump their buckets into as they fill them up.
  • Always tell your children to NEVER eat anything they collect while out trick or treating! Wait until you get home and have had a chance to inspect all the candy for pieces that are unwrapped, homemade (unless you know the person who gave it to you), or anything that appears to be tampered with or may contain known ingredients that your children may have allergies to.
  • Never trick or treat alone! Go in groups since there is always better safety in numbers!
  • Have a fully charged cell phone on hand in case there are any emergencies.
  • Do not approach homes if there are no lights on. Only go to houses that have on porch lights.
  • Stick to the nationally designated “best times” to trick or treat which are between the hours of 5:30pm to 9:30pm. It is always best to take your younger children out in the early hours so they will not be tired, sleepy, or grumpy. Save the later hours for the older children.
  • Remember that in most locations, it is suggested that there are curfews that must be followed based on age and anyone under the age of typically 12 years old must have adult supervision.
  • If you allow your teens to go out without you, make sure they have a cell phone and stay in a group of trusted friends.

Halloween Decorations

  • Make sure your pumpkins/candles are away from your home and not near trick or treaters. This will avoid any fire hazards to your home and trick or treating guests’ costumes.
  • Ensure that your yard, walkway, and steps are free of clutter, debris, or decorations where trick or treaters will be walking to your door to avoid any tripping hazards.
  • If using a lot of inflatables or power operated decorations and/or lights, make sure you do not overload or overuse extension cords.

Halloween is an exciting time for so many and a night many wonderful memories are made. Don’t let the excitement take you away into dangerous territory by failing to follow safety guidelines. If you follow the tips, ideas and suggestions above then you should have not only a fun filled night on Halloween, but also one that is safe!