Halloween safety

For many children and adults, Halloween is the best night of the year. It’s full of candy, costumes and fun with friends. In addition to complying with COVID-19 provincial directives, Halifax Regional Police is sharing tips for those who are planning to trick-or-treat.


  • Like everyday, avoid distractions and make sure to pay close attention.
  • Drive slowly and be careful backing up.
  • Drive with extra caution in residential areas.

Tips for trick-or-treaters, parents and guardians

  • follow normal pedestrian safety rules. Look both ways before crossing the street and watch for vehicles (especially vehicles backing out of driveways)
  • trick-or-treat together; never alone
  • try to limit crisscrossing the street. Go down one side of the street, then up the other
  • ensure Halloween costumes are bright, reflective and fit well
  • carry a flashlight and stay in well-lit areas
  • confirm that costumes allow the wearer to see clearly 
  • be sure an adult checks all Halloween candy before trick-or-treaters dig in
  • trick-or-treaters should tell their parents and/or guardians their Halloween route and when they expect to be home
  • dress for the weather
  • watch for open flames and be careful around jack-o-lanterns
  • stay outside while trick-or-treating, never enter someone's home

Tips for homeowners

  • keep your doorway well-lit; clear of tripping hazards and open flames
  • give out only commercially wrapped snacks
  • ensure trick-or-treaters stay outside of your home
  • keep pets inside on Halloween as costumes and loud noises may scare them
  • contact police if you spot suspicious activity