Posted on behalf of Mayor Menino.

Happy Halloween! Keep the evening safe and fun with these simple tips:


  • Costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
  • All parts of the costume should be labeled flame-retardant.
  • The eye holes on masks should be large enough to see through clearly.
  • Keep costumes short to avoid getting caught under feet and causing slipping or falling.
  • Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing underneath their costumes.


  • Children should be accompanied by an adult. It’s best to take smaller children out earlier in the evening.
  • If older children are going out unaccompanied, go over the ground rules first! They should travel in a group, and an adult should know which neighborhoods they will be in.
  • Carry a flash light or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
  • Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit. Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets.
  • Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

Checking Treats

  • Throw out anything that appears tampered with, such as home-made foods or home-packaged foods, unless you are certain of the source.
  • Inspect fruit closely and take away treats that are not age-appropriate. Young children may choke on items like hard candy or peanuts.

Tips for Drivers

  • Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period.
  • Drive more slowly and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.
  • Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.

From the archives: How to Have a Tooth-Friendly Halloween for All Ages