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Halloween and Trick or Treat Safety Tips

October 15th, 2019

It’s October and that means Halloween is near! Whether your costume is terrifying or adorable there are some trick or treat safety tips we’d like to share so that you and the kids return home safely. Autumn leaves, carved pumpkins, spider webs, and candy! Halloween is a very popular season for parties and parades meaning the streets are filled with strangers in costume, making it difficult to discern their true identity.


Costume Tips to Improve Safety on Halloween NightTrick or Treat Safety

  • Add reflective tape or material to costumes so they are easy to see in the dark.

  • Avoid long costumes or capes that could easily get stuck on objects or be tripped on.

  • Make sure you can clearly see out of face masks.


Planning Your Trick or Treat Route

First things first…which houses give out the best candy?! Just kidding, well maybe – we all know that one house in the neighborhood that gives out full-size candy bars or soda. In all seriousness though, there are some things to consider when planning your trick or treat route especially if you have teenagers that will be out on their own without supervision.


If you prepare ahead of time you would know what roads your child will be walking on, ideally in a town with lights and sidewalks. You should always use sidewalks and be sure to cross the roads in designated crosswalks, making sure traffic stops before stepping foot into the road. Know which neighborhood your child is trick or treating in and try to plan out a specific route or at least set a specific time for your child to return home so you can rest easy. Luckily most towns have a designated time frame for trick or treating so there is no need to be the bad guy and set a curfew. You can reach contact your local municipality for this information.


If you are not trick or treating with your child, make sure they are not walking alone and are with a trusted group of friends or other parents. Visit only trusted neighborhoods and homes and check your candy for any signs of tampering before eating it. Avoiding anything that isn’t in factory packaging and homemade goods is the safest choice.


Safe Halloween Decorating Tips

Candles, fires, and dry ice can create spooky Halloween settings, but you can achieve the same effects with battery-powered candles and fog machines. Open flames can easily catch costumes or other decorations on fire. Here’s a quick list to make sure your home is safe for trick or treaters…


  • Avoid candles or open flames – instead use battery-powered or electric candles and lights

  • Light pathways and stairs, especially any area that could be a tripping hazard

  • Don’t overload extension cords with too many lights and decorations


Arming Your Security System

If you aren’t staying at home to hand out candy, be certain to arm your security system to protect your home on a night that mischief is bound to happen. In many areas, turning off your porch light is a sign that you aren’t home to hand out treats, but this is also a good sign for burglars to know the coast is clear while you are out trick or treating with your family. If you have a security system installed, you’re one step ahead towards having a worry-free, fun night out with your friends and family. You can rest easy knowing your home is safe with real-time alerts and professional security monitoring that can contact authorities on your behalf. So, it’s time to go fill up those treat bags!


Happy Halloween!


Select SmartHome can give you the peace of mind you need to stay focused on having fun this Halloween. Trick or treat without a second thought of what is happening at your home while you are enjoying a night in town with the ghouls and goblins. Don’t have a security system or want to make a few last-minute upgrades to increase your security this October? Give us a call at 844-735-3285.

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