Police & Fire

Halloween Safety Tips from Boston Police District A-1

Boston Police District A-1
Halloween Safety Tips 2012


Costumes should be flame retardant. Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made of soft materials. If wearing masks, make certain that children can see through the masks. Children should either have a flashlight, reflective gear, or wear a bright colored costumes so that they are seen.


Smaller children should always be accompanied by adults. For older children who will not be accompanied by adults, establish rules. All should trick-or-treat in neighborhoods that they are familiar  with.  All should be given an end time as to when to come home.

Reminders to children

Do not enter strangers’ homes or cars. Avoid homes that do not have an outside light on. Stay on the sidewalk and do not dart out between cars. Stay in a group.

Inspecting Treats

Inspect all treats before children are allowed to eat them. Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely. When in doubt, throw it out!

Home Safety

Make certain that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. Turn on your porch lights. Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard. Use small flashlights instead of candles to illuminate items such as pumpkins and skulls. Keep any candle lit items away from children and costumes.

Safe Driving

Drive very slowly. You never know what may suddenly cross your path.

Suspicious activity

Report any egg throwing, suspicious vehicles/ persons, hazardous situations, or criminal activity to the police by calling 9-1-1. Our officers will respond to check it out.

For further information, contact the District A-1 Community Service Office at #617-343-4627.