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Halloween 2013 Safety Tips

Halloween 2013 Safety Tips


PASADENA, Calif.—For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. 

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests. 


  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. 


  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 


  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. 


  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. 


  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. 


  • Always WALK and don't run from house to house. 


  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. 


  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. 


  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. 


  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. 


  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. 


  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. 


  • Entering homes of strangers is not safe. Only visit well-lit houses. 


  • Don't stop at dark houses. 


  • Never accept rides from strangers.  


  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.  

 Remember, if you “SEE SOMETHING – SAY SOMETHING”. Suspicious activity or people lurking in your neighborhood should be reported promptly to your local police.

To Report Suspicious Activity Call:
Pasadena Police Dept. (626) 744-4241
For Emergencies Call (9-1-1)

*Tips Courtesy of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 


Posted: 10/22/2013 04:00:00 PM
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