Safety Tips for Trick or Treating

by Rebecca Webb
October 29, 2019

Popular times for trick-or-treating are between the hours of 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, with most people starting after dark.  Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Police give good tips for staying safe and enjoying Halloween!  

Safe Tips for Trick-or-Treating

- Children should only visit homes that have a porch light on or active Halloween decorations. 

- Inspect children's candy especially for food allergies.  When in doubt, throw it out.  

- Walk, don't run, across the street.  Walk on sidewalks.  Where there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  

- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.  Teach children to never dart out into a street or cross between parked cars. 

- Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.  If kids are mature enough to go without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and go in groups.

- Make sure children know their phone number and address - if they would need to provide this information to a police officer in an emergency.  Pick a place to meet if you get lost.  

Safe Costumes 

- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape and choose light colors that can be seen.

- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them be seen.

- Choose face paint instead of a mask, which can obstruct vision.

- Make sure the costume is short enough so the child can walk properly. 

Adult Safety Tips 

- Drive extra slowly on Halloween.

- Take extra time to look for children at intersections.

- Provide a safe place for a pet during trick-or-treating.  Pets may not enjoy all the noise and ringing doorbells. 

- If you are going to a party make sure there is a designated driver or taxi.  



Rebecca Webb is a long time friend and colleague of Lizzy Conroy. Rebecca works in the capacity of marketing and business development, writing and social media. Before working with Lizzy in the real estate field, Rebecca worked on Lizzy's Leukemia and Lymphoma Man and Woman of the Year Campaign Team, helping the hard working team win both the local and national championship. Additionally in their past partnerships, Rebecca worked with Lizzy in business development of US partnerships on behalf of The English Manner, a British Etiquette and Luxury Travel company under the leadership of UK-Partner Alexandra Messervy and US-partner Genie Ford.
A busy mother of six children, Rebecca enjoys the brain-break of marketing and writing. At University, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Spanish from George Mason University. Her Spanish minor took her degree studies to Seville and Madrid, with a heritage nod to her ancestors from Valencia. Rebecca's love of travel extends to her Australian husband and their multicultural family life and extended family abroad.
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