The Allegheny County Health Department offers the following safety tips for children when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween.  Never let kids under 10 go trick-or-treating or cross the street without the supervision of an adult or older sibling.  Advise kids not to run while trick-or-treating.

  • Cross streets only at crosswalks and intersections, preferably with traffic lights.  Look left, right and left again before crossing.  Never dart out into the street or from between parked cars.
  • Wear costumes light or bright enough to be visible at night.  Decorate costumes, bags and sacks with reflective tape or stickers. 
  • Go trick-or-treating in familiar areas and along pre-established routes.  Only visit homes which have their porch or outside lights turned on. 
  • Warn children never to enter a home or apartment building unless with an adult. 
  • Attach name, address and phone number inside clothing of children under 12.
  • Remove breakable items and obstacles such as tools, ladders and toys from your own lawn, steps and porch.  Keep jack-o-lanterns lit with candles away from trick-or-treaters whose costumes might brush against the flame. 
  • Tell children to bring their treats home before eating them.  Check treats carefully for signs of tampering, especially fruit.  Cut open and examine any piece of fruit before eating it.