Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween is an exciting time of the year and a particularly special treat for children. The following tips from the Key Biscayne Police Department can help make Halloween safe and more enjoyable for everyone:


PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE – Pay attention to where you are walking.



  • Children should wear costumes made of light colored material.  If the costume is made of dark material, attach reflective tape to the costume to increase nighttime visibility.
  • Adults should carry a flashlight, and children should have a glow stick or necklace so that motorists can see them.  The Key Biscayne Police Department will be handing out glow sticks the week of Halloween.  Parents may also come to the police department at 88 W. McIntyre Street and pick up one for each child.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground, which may cause a child to trip.


  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.  Older children who may be trick-or-treating without an adult should have a watch that can be read in the dark and should be given a strict time to be home.  Parents should know where they are going.
  • Only trick or treat at homes where porch lights are on.
  • Children trick-or-treating alone should be instructed to never enter the home of a stranger, even if invited in.
  • While trick-or-treating, walk on the sidewalks, if possible.  Where sidewalks are not available, walk on the far left side of the street, facing traffic.
  • Cross the street at the corners. Never cross the street between parked cars, or in the middle of the block where cars are not expecting you.
  • Halloween masks can restrict vision. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure he or she removes it before crossing the street.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring candy home to be inspected before eating.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that is open or looks suspicious.


  • Make sure your yard is clear of anything that might trip the little ones, such as hoses, ladders, dog leashes and flower pots.
  • If you have a jack-o-lantern, use battery powered candles, if possible.  If real candles are used, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween.  Put them up to protect them from cars, or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.

Everyone at the Key Biscayne Police Department wants our little ghosts and goblins to have a great time while trick or treating. Be alert, stay safe, and most of all - enjoy Halloween!




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