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News Release
October 30, 2007

Trick-or-treaters should keep safety precautions in mind to make Halloween fun rather than unsafe, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

DSHS offers these safety tips for children:

  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Walk on sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

  • Use a flashlight with fresh batteries.

  • Wear light-colored costumes with reflective strips.

  • Use face paint rather than a mask or hood that covers your eyes.

  • Stay away from lighted candles, matches and open fires.

  • Be careful around animals. Even pets may be scared by costumes and loud noises.

  • Don’t eat any treats until they are checked by an adult.

DSHS offers these safety suggestions for adults:

  • When driving, slow down. Watch for children running into the street.

  • Accompany trick-or-treaters ages 12 and under.

  • Be sure children carry only soft, flexible props.

  • Set a time for older children to be home. Know the route they will take.

  • Never let a child go trick-or-treating alone. Be sure at least two buddies go together.

  • Remove breakable items or obstacles such as ladders, tools and toys from your yard.

  • Keep jack-o’-lanterns and lighted candles away from costumes or paper decorations.

  • Do not wear a Halloween mask while driving.

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(News media: for more information contact Carrie Williams, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)

Last updated August 11, 2010