HPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips
October 25, 2005 -- With Halloween
fast approaching, the Houston Police Department wants to remind
parents of some do's and don'ts of personal safety when you take
your little ghost and goblins out trick-or-treating.
The safest way to celebrate Halloween is to participate
in an organized event coordinated by a local school or church.
For those who still want to observe the day in the traditional
manner, the Houston Police Department suggests following these
- Children should wear light-colored costumes
with reflective tape for better visibility and short enough to
- Children should be able to see properly through
- Children should be accompanied by an adult
at all times, should stay within their neighborhood, and only
visit homes of people they know.
- Stay on sidewalks, obey traffic signals and
don't cut across yards or driveways.
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house
- Carry a flashlight after sunset.
- Adults should examine all candy or treats at
home before allowing children to eat them. If any candy appears
to be tampered with, it should be thrown away.
- Keep costumed children away from pets since
the animals might panic and not recognize the child.
- Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers
or swords. Foam rubber is a good substitute.
Remember; we owe it to our children to help keep
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.