The JMC Guide to a Spooky & Safe Halloween

Happy Halloween! Tis the ghoulish season full of jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin-flavored drinks, and ending with tonight’s costumed pilgrimage of superheroes, princesses, and goblins on the quest for an overfilled sack of chocolate and treats. Whether you’re setting foot in the neighborhood with an excited little one or will be greeting visitors to your porch with a colorful assortment of candy, here are a few friendly reminders on how to have a safe and fun time.

Howling Halloween Homeowners

Prevent injuries (and spooky homeowners liabilities!) with these tips for homeowners passing out treats. 

  • Be sure your front porch area is well lit.
  • Make your jack-o-lanterns light up by using glow sticks or flameless, battery-operated candles instead of open-flame candles to prevent fire.
  • Clear walkways of any debris, garden hoses, and stray branches. If you have any electric cords crossing pathways, tape them to the ground to prevent tripping.
  • Keep pets away from answering the door with you. Animals may become overly excited by the costumed visitors or your wee visitors may be afraid of the animals.


Charming Trick-or-Treaters

  • Be sure children have adult supervision, especially while crossing streets.
  • Always use cross walks when crossing the street (set good habits for children!).
  • Make sure your child’s costume isn’t too long or loose to prevent trips and falls.
  • If a child is wearing a mask, make sure they are able to see and breathe well while wearing it.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.
  • Remember to bring flashlights or glow sticks to light the way!
  • You can even add reflective tape to add visibility.
  • Put ID info on your child’s costume or on the child’s wrist in case they get separated from the group.
    • Include their name and the contact phone number of a parent or guardian
  • After returning from trick-or-treating, inspect candy for opened/damaged wrappers or suspicious looking candy.

Even if you’re not participating in any trick-or-treating, be aware of small kids and other pedestrians that will be walking around. If you’re driving, pay careful attention to your surroundings and drive at slower speeds, especially in residential neighborhoods. Also, never drink and drive!

From The J. Morey Company staff, have a happy and safe Halloween! 


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