Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips From Henrico Police Department

Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips From Henrico Police Department

Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips From Henrico Police Department

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will soon be sharing the streets with superheroes and princesses. Halloween is almost here! It’s one of our favorite holidays, and we can’t wait for the spookiest night of the year this weekend.

At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters and creating lasting memories by trick-or-treating in your neighborhood is what makes Halloween so great! Although ‘All Hallows Eve’ is a wonderful time to spend with friends and neighbors, it’s important to stay safe and vigilant no matter where you are.

That is why we asked our friends at the Henrico County Police Department to share their top tips for a safe and enjoyable evening:


  • Make sure costumes fit and are light or bright colored
  • Use reflective tape
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Toy weapons should be paper or cardboard
  • Put child’s last name and phone number inside costume

Walk Safely

  • Walk, don’t run
  • When crossing the street, STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN before crossing
  • Watch for cars backing out of driveways
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths

Check Candy

  • Do not eat candy until checked for signs of tampering
  • Homemade treats should not be eaten unless absolutely sure they are safe
  • Eat treats only in original wrappers

Safety Around the House

  • Turn on exterior lights to welcome trick-or-treaters
  • Do not light candles around walkways, use battery operated light sources
  • Keep walkways unobstructed and well lit
  • Do not let strangers into your home

Alternative Celebrations

  • Trick-or-treat in a local shopping mall
  • Community-sponsored events
  • Family or friend’s party


  • Slow down and be alert in neighborhoods
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and look all around you

Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Map out route before leaving
  • Stay with friends or parents
  • Go while it’s still light outside and after dark, carry a flashlight
  • Approach only houses with lights on
  • Carry a cell phone and call 911 if you suspect anything suspicious

And remember, COVID-19 is still impacting our local community so be vigilant by continuing to social distance yourself. If you prefer to avoid trick-or-treating, check out this blog post for ideas on fun games and activities you can do with friends or family.