Halloween is coming. Kids are thinking about their costumes and the piles of candy coming their way. 



But are they thinking about the dangers they could face during their trick-or-treat festivities?



The Illinois State Police, District 8, warns that Halloween can be scary in more than the traditional sense.


Halloween is coming. Kids are thinking about their costumes and the piles of candy coming their way. 

But are they thinking about the dangers they could face during their trick-or-treat festivities?

The Illinois State Police, District 8, warns that Halloween can be scary in more than the traditional sense. 

For kids, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year due to the variety of injuries that can occur. Most parents worry about candy tampering. 

However, they are not aware of pedestrian injuries or falls that occur to often during trick-or-treating.

Many of the risks they face can be avoided if parents address a few simple safety tips and take a moment to talk with their children about safety before they go out trick-or-treating. 

To help make sure your child’s Halloween is safe, the Illinois State Police recommends taking the following precautions:

• Accompany children under 12 on their trick-or treat rounds.

• Attach the name, address and phone number of the children under 12 to their clothes in case they get separated from adults.

• Instruct all children to trick-or-treat in groups and in familiar areas. Pre-establish a route with your children.

• Instruct children never to enter a home or apartment building unless accompanied by an adult.

• Set a time for children to return home.

• Restrict trick-or-treating to homes with porch or outside lights illuminated.

• Give trick-or-treaters flashlights.

• Teach children not to cut across yards.

• Teach children to walk, not run, and to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.

• Teach your child to enter and exit your vehicle from the curb side, away from traffic.

• Tell your children to bring their treats home before eating them. Parents should check the treats to ensure the items have not been tampered with and are safely   sealed. Be careful with fruit.

• Inspect the surface closely for punctures or holes and cut it open before allowing a child to eat it.

• Motorists are encouraged to slow down in residential areas, obey all traffic signs and signals and watch for children as they back out of driveways and alleys.