Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treat in Cranberry: October 31, 6 - 8 PM

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids of all ages!  
Here are some tips from the Cranberry Police Dept. to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Dressing up can be fun and safe

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant.. 
  • Wear costumes that are bright or reflective and short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. 
  • Make sure that footwear fits well.  
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. 
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.  
  • Realistic-looking toy guns or other toy weapons should never be used. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips. 
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts. 
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. 
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. 

Trouble-Free Trick or Treating 

  • Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups. 
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. 
  • Create a map of a safe trick-or treating route. 
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times. 
  • Do not accept rides from strangers. 
  • Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars. 
  • Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection. 
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. 
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean the others will! 
  • Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks. 
  • Do not eat any treats until they have been inspected. Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items 
  • Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats. 
  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, check outdoor lights and replace burned out bulbs. Restrain pets so they do not inadvertantly jump on or bite a trick or treater. Wet leaves or snow should be swept from walkways and steps.  
  • Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood by calling 9-1-1. 

Safe Driving

  • Drive slowly all evening. 
  • Be alert for trick-or-treaters darting out into the roadway. 
  • Be extra careful when pulling into and out of driveways. 
  • As always, avoid using your cell phone while driving. 
Important Contact Information
  • Emergency:  Call 9-1-1
  • Pittsburgh Poison Control Center     24-Hour Emergency Number 1-800-222-1222 
  • Cranberry Township Police Department: Non-emergency calls ONLY 724-776-5180