“Spooktacular” Safety Tips for a Safe Halloween!

NY Foundling Halloween PSA

Halloween should be “spooky” in all the fun ways for you and your little ones! Below are some easy tips to keep the fun “creeping” and “crawling,” because when we put safety first, the fun always follows!


  • Have a full, healthy meal before Trick-or-Treating, there will be less room to fill up on junk food that way.


  • To avoid slips and trips, make sure all costumes are fitted correctly. Masks, gowns, shoes, or capes that are too big or long may hinder your vision or lead to a serious wipe out!


  • Carry a flash light, or use reflective tape on costumes so you are visible to cars, cyclists and other Trick-or-Treaters!


  • Adults should accompany children and create a safe route. If your child is older, create check-in points for them and their group of friends to build independence while keeping everyone safe. Agree on specific meeting times and locations. No one should be alone on Halloween.


  • Only Trick-or-Treat at homes that clearly welcome Trick-or-Treaters. 



  • Inform your child to be aware of strangers and never follow a stranger into their home or car.


  • Go over again with children on how to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency or in case they get lost. Make sure children know their home address and know their parent/guardian’s phone number as well.


  • Wait until you’re at home to enjoy all the candy you collected. Have an adult inspect each piece to make sure it has no tears in the wrapper and it has not been tampered with. Homemade treats should not be accepted during Trick-or-Treating.


  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating sugary candy!


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