Halloween Safety Tips
Pumpkin

A curfew between 9:00 pm to 6:00 am for minors under the age of 18 years old, except when accompanied by an adult over the age of 25 years old. October 29th through October 31st.

2020 NJ Department of Health Halloween Guidance Pdf File

image Kids

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Stay on Sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways.
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.

 

image Parents

  • Young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they're going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.

 

image Homeowners

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip people.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Make sure they are in a safe place to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting trick-or-treater's.
  • Battery powered jack o' lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.

Happy Halloween