1.2 min readBy Published On: October 3rd, 2011Categories: Features0 Comments on Safety tips

Tonight the streets of South Boston will be filled with happy Trick or Treaters. Here are some simple safety tips to make sure everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. 

Enjoy! Happy Halloween!










Courtesy of the City of Boston website:

  • 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.


  • Children under 10 should always trick-or-treat with an adult. If older children are going without you, go over the ground rules first.
  • Carry a flash light or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
  • Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit.

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

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

Tips for Drivers

  • Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m.
  • 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.