Soon many little ghosts and ghouls will be out in full force. Before you and your trick or treater leave for a night of fun please review with them some safety tips to help ensure the night is a safe and happy success.

Remember when trick or treating to always:

  • Walk with a responsible adult or teen, in groups of 4 or more.
  • Walk with a flashlight and wear reflective patches or strips on costumes. Glow sticks are also helpful.
  • Walk on well light streets and only go to the houses that have porch lights on, wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house, even if invited, and never take a ride from a stranger.
  • Walk on sidewalks when possible or the left side of the road facing traffic, never run across yards or streets.
  • Choose non-toxic face paint instead of a mask, masks can sometimes interfere with vision. If your child does wear a mask, make sure it has adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision.
  • Look for flame retardant or fire-proof costumes.
  • Keep your costumes simple, use caution walking while wearing long and dark costumes.


Jack-O-Lanterns and electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small children and away from flammable material.

Never eat any treats until they have been examined by a parent. Check wrappers of pre-packaged treats for any sign of tampering and throw away anything unwrapped. Discard any homemade treats unless you know and are comfortable with the maker. If any harmful items are found, notify the Sheriff’s Office by calling 315-366-2311. Many Fire Departments offer a trick or treat inspection station free of charge. Check with your local Fire Department.