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Oct 11

Tips for a safe Halloween

Posted on October 11, 2021 at 5:45 pm by Clay Curtin

Costumes, candies, spooky decorations...are you getting ready to celebrate Halloween? As children are excited for the big day, they may easily be distracted. Menlo Park reminds residents to follow these tips for a safe Halloween:

Prepare before Halloween 

  • Choose comfortable costumes and shoes that do not restrict movement
  • Avoid dark-colored costumes
  • Make sure costumes are fireproof or treated with fire retardant
  • Use reflective fabric or tape to improve visibility

On Halloween day 

  • Turn on exterior lights and remove objects that could cause tripping
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone – stay with an adult and in groups 
  • Remind children to steer clear of strangers 
  • Start early in the evening and stay in your own neighborhood 
  • Carry a flashlight or a light stick and a cellphone 
  • Stay in well-lit areas 
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross at corners or lights; do not cross midblock 
  • Avoid dark areas and houses 
  • Never enter a home without parental permission, even if in a group 
  • Inspect Halloween treats before letting children eat them 
  • Eat only treats that are sealed and/or in original packaging 
  • Always carry a flashlight

Report suspicious activity to police using the non-emergency line at 650-330-6300, and for emergencies always call 9-1-1.