Halloween Safety Tips from the Michigan City Police Department

By: Michigan City Police Department Last Updated: September 19, 2012

PumpkinsThis year’s Trick or Treat will be on Sunday, October 28th from 5-7 p.m. More information to follow closer to the holiday.

Trick-or-Treating Tips

  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
  • Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
  • Follow the correct hours of treating
  • Respect people who do not want to participate
  • Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Walk. No running.
  • Don't trample through flower beds and gardens.
  • Watch out for open flames in pumpkins.
  • Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Only visit well lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
  • Don't enter any houses unless you know the people.
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
  • Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
  • Don't cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
  • Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.
  • Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
  • Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Respect other people and their property.
  • Be polite and say "thank you."
  • Don't eat any candy until it's inspected by your parents
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they're flexible and cannot harm anyone.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police