Halloween Safety Tips For Your Family {Plus, Energizer Prize Pack Giveaway}

I love Halloween because to me it’s the official kick-off of all the holidays. We have decorations all over the house, and the kids are excited about all the fun community events going on. These days, it’s not just one night the children are getting into their costumes. Many schools now host dances, trunk-or-treats, rag shag parades and more. I love that the kids have so many fun opportunities to get together and hang out but as a parent safety is always my primary concern. Many of these events are happening at dusk or dark, and if a few simple precautions and Halloween Safety Tips are taken beforehand, it can help.

Halloween Safety Tips Mom Spotted


5 Halloween Safety Tips

  • Stay in groups. Always go out in groups and never alone. Make sure everyone knows who the adults are in the group and if you are in large groups take a full headcount before you leave.
  • Stick to well-lit houses. Visit neighborhood you know and only approach houses with their outdoor light on. If a home doesn’t have an exterior light on they are not participating in the holiday and they should be left alone.
  • Have a route planned. Even if everyone in the group plans on sticking together make sure everyone knows the course and where the end is.
  • Carry a light. Make sure everyone has a light. Adults can carry flashlights and children can wear glowsticks or a personal light. This is great so no one falls or trips but also so cars and other people can see where you are too.
  • Obey traffic laws. If you’re crossing the street make sure to look both ways and use crosswalks.

Energizer can help with your Halloween needs too! They sent some great Halloween Safety Tips of their own for me to share:


  • Halloween is an exciting time for kids, filled with candy, costumes and trick-or-treating. For
    parents, safety is top-of-mind when sending little ghouls and goblins out after dark to trick-or-treat.
  • This year, make sure trick-or-treaters and their chaperones are safe with the Energizer® 2-in-1 Personal Light. The hands-free, wearable light is the perfect tool to illuminate after-dark activities. The directional beam also sheds light on dark sidewalks to keep little goblins from tripping.


  • Trick-or-treating is spooky, but it doesn’t have to be frightful! This year, make sure kids and
    parents know your house welcomes trick-or-treaters by lighting your entrance. Place a couple of
    Energizer® Weatheready® 360º LED Area Lights near your front door to illuminate the area and
    add a festive glow.
  • Carving a pumpkin is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. This year, try an Energizer® LED Magnet Light as an alternative to a candle. These water-resistant lights offer up to 30 lumens and 15 hours of glow and are perfect for keeping your jack-o-lantern radiant through
    Halloween night.


  • Creativity is the name of the game when it comes to Halloween costumes. This year, creatively
    incorporate lights into your costumes. The Energizer® LED Magnet Light and the Energizer®
    Vision HD + Headlight are just a few that can illuminate whatever creative costume your little
    monsters, princesses or superheroes choose. For example, an Energizer® Vision HD + Headlight
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    LED Magnet Lights, or let your princess shine brightly with a flashlight wand—the Energizer® with
    Light Fusion Technology™ 2-in-1 LED Flashlight is just right!

We hope you have a great Halloween this year! We have already been putting out personal lights to good use! They came in great at our local parade! We are carving our pumpkins tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to use our Energizer® LED Magnet Light in them! I was never fond of using candles in them with all the leaves around, and many of the little tea lights aren’t weather resistant. If you would like to learn more about these great quality products from Energizer, you can use for multiple uses year round visit their website at www.energizer.com/lighting. For more Halloween Safety Tips make sure to check out our readers best tips in the comments.

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  1. Vanessa Flores says:

    Don’t follow anybody that says they have candy for you waiting in there car.

  2. The Tip we have is to stay together with your group and always do a head count.

  3. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Stay in your group!

  4. Michelle says:

    We use reflectors and glow sticks so the kids are visible in the dark

  5. Viki S. says:

    We put reflective tape on their clothes around their ankles and wrists.

  6. susan says:

    We wear blinking lights in the front and back of us.

  7. Jennifer Cervantes says:

    We always look both ways before crossing streets to go trick or treating and have a flashlight on hand since Our streets are so dark at night.

  8. joanne major says:

    We stay in a group always so no one gets lost. we use reflective tape on costumes and a blinkinglight around their necks

  9. Candice says:

    We stay on well lit roads, and inspect all candy before eating.

  10. Always stay together,no running and always have a flashlight for everyone.

  11. Stephanie Phelps says:

    On halloween we practice staying together and not running.

  12. Stacy Renee says:

    I teach my daughter hold an adult’s hand any time we are around a road and to always watch for cars even if you aren’t in the road!

  13. barbg says:

    Mine are grown up but I always made them carry a flashlight when they went trick or treating all of the time. This is an awesome giveaway prize pack I love all of the useful items included!

  14. Jennifer Wright says:

    Always stay together and hold my hand when crossing the street.

  15. vickie couturier says:

    we only go to places we know,,we stay in a group,,wear bright colors,,and inspect all candy before its eaten

  16. Annamarie V says:

    I don’t have children but I do take my Nieces and Nephews trick or treating so I just make sure we stay together.

  17. Jenny Q. says:

    We stay in a group, and my kids have bright colors in their costumes as well as flashlights.

  18. I would follow the tip to stay in a group to keep halloween safe for everyone.

  19. Rust says:

    Never wander off alone, stay with the group

  20. We make sure we have flashlights and stay in groups with bright colors

  21. ellen beck says:

    One Halloween safety tip is to have costumes that they can see alright in and also no costumes where they could tip and fall. Also carry flashlights.

  22. Ashley Agner says:

    Stay in a group

  23. Tiffany Banks says:

    We always make sure to look both ways before crossing the street. I know the little ones get excited about trick or treating but you want to make sure they stay safe!

  24. sandra says:

    we usually use glow sticks

  25. Vicki Wurgler says:

    have flashlights or glow sticks, stay in a group and stay on well-lit streets

  26. Dandi D says:

    We have never been trick or treating–we stay home and do things as a family.

  27. DEBIJOT says:

    They wear face makeup instead of masks so they can see better.

  28. Robin Blankenship says:

    We use glow sticks.

  29. Nidhi Chauhan says:

    We stay in the group and use glow sticks.

  30. Jackie says:

    My tip is to not wear dark clothes at night. Flashlights are a great idea.

  31. Michele Cupp says:

    I tell my son to never ever wander off without me and we never cross the street without looking both ways first and holding hands.

  32. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

  33. Ashley S says:

    I go with my children to make sure they are safe!

  34. Rebecca Orr says:

    My number one safety rule we follow is no going into strangers homes for candy or for any other reason.

  35. Jennifer Essad says:

    we use reflective tape on the backs of their costumes

  36. Michelle H. says:

    Never enter a stranger’s home.

  37. Keri justice says:

    My kids must always stay with an adult and wear reflective clothing.

  38. Laurajj says:

    We put reflective tape on the kids costume in the front and back somewhere…so they will show well at night.

  39. Darlene Owen says:

    My safety tip is to only go to doors that are well lite and to stay with a crowd.

  40. Tonya Mcminn says:

    My safety tip is my kids must stay with me at all times they are are not to walk ahead or behind. Plus they also wear glow necklaces so I can see them if they were to go ahead of us.

  41. Cheryl B says:

    My safety tip is to wear reflective material on your costumes.

  42. We have glow stocks snd flashlight

  43. Soha Molina says:

    Carry a flashlight.

  44. Jenna says:

    I hand out blinky light jewelry and glowsticks before we start walking so everyone is highly visible!

  45. Annette says:

    Make sure they wear shoes with reflectors.

  46. Gina M says:

    Never let your kids go out without some adult supervision. You just can’t be too careful…

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  47. Nannypanpan says:

    I have them all wear glow sticks

  48. Seyma Shabbir says:

    We always have an adult with them when they trick or treat.

  49. Jennifer Tilson says:

    We stay together and out of the street.

  50. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Our daughter must stay with one of us – no running off or trick or treating is over!

  51. Terra Heck says:

    We go in groups and we carry around glow sticks so we’re more easily visible. Thanks.

  52. Audra O'Hara says:

    My daughter knows she has to walk with us and not run ahead or out into the roadway.

  53. elizabeth miller says:

    Our safety tip is to always walk, not run, and stay together.

  54. We drive in our vehicle to family’s homes…I know that doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s a nice way to visit and the family gets to see the kids in their costumes 🙂

  55. Elle says:

    Always walk on the sidewalk, never in the street even if you see other kids doing it.

  56. Katy P says:

    We always celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday- which is on halloween- so no safety tips. But I would say sticking together would be a good one.

  57. Jessica To says:

    I always make sure each person has either a flashlight, glow sticks or both.

  58. latanya says:

    never let your child out of your sight.

  59. Kristen says:

    We always carry something lighted like a little lantern to be more visible as the street lights are not enough.

  60. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    We always stay together in a group.

  61. Anita Duvall says:

    I walk with the kids and no running ahead. We only go to family, friends, and neighbors that we know personally.

  62. Lauren says:

    We always carry flashlights when trick or treating.

  63. Terri S. says:

    My tip is to stay together in a group and have glow sticks or flashlights for each child and adult.

  64. Cynthia R says:

    On halloween night we go to a neighborhood we are familiar with and normally with another family.

  65. bn100 says:

    stay together

  66. Klydra Pugh says:

    Stay together, give them reflectors.
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  67. Ellie Wright says:

    Mine wear glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets.

  68. Margaret Smith says:

    Never, ever go into someones house unless my husband or I are with you.

  69. Sandy Klocinski says:

    We always mapped out the trick-or-treating route ahead of time, noting which houses should be avoided and which are safe to visit. Also, we made sure there were a few chaperones with a group of children – power in numbers.

  70. Jaque Richards says:

    Everyone has a light source and everyone stays with mom. 🙂 Thank you.

  71. Cheryl VanBrunt says:

    Must have a flashlight and adult!

  72. alice minx says:

    Walk only on the sidewalk. Stay on the left side of the adult. and no crossing the street alone

  73. Linda Lansford says:

    have a flashlight and never go into someones home

  74. Timmy says:

    Flashlights,glow sticks and reflective tape.

  75. Emily Smith says:

    We have three boys and stay together the whole time while trick-or-treating. It’s a fun family outing. My husband and I walk to each house with them, not letting them get ahead or split up. We also have them wear glow sticks or glow necklaces.

  76. Jeanna Massman says:

    We like to go to schools and churches who are sponsoring Trunk or Treat activities. They are usually well lit and it is easier to supervise the kids.

  77. Diane Therkildsen says:

    make sure we have flashlights

  78. Cynthia C says:

    When my kids were small I always went with them for trick or treat.

  79. Ann Fantom says:

    One of my Halloween safety tips for my daughter is to always walk against traffic so you can see cars coming down the street.

  80. Melissa says:

    my tip is to stay in a group and check all of the candy!

  81. kathy Persons says:

    Do not go to anyones house you do not know

  82. Ashley C says:

    I always look over all of their halloween candy to make sure it seems safe, and we only go to organized events or to people’s houses that we know and trust.

  83. Tari Lawson says:

    I tell my children to stay in their group. I also have them carry a cell phone in case they need to reach me.

  84. nickie says:

    We give everyone glow sticks and make sure they stick together

  85. AliceC says:

    Don’t eat your candy till i checked them. We also stay in neighborhoods with little traffic and of course I don’t take my eyes of them ever.

  86. cheryl s says:

    we always went right after school before it got dark when the kids were little

  87. doug says:

    be careful what you eat that you are given. There are a lot of kooks out there that want to hurt kids

  88. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I’ve always gone trick or treating with my kids. I think an adult’s presence is a great deterrent to mischief-making.

  89. Dolores Q. says:

    Stay together.

  90. Melissa Storms says:

    We usa reflector tape on the back of our jackets.

  91. heather s says:

    Stay in a group

  92. Danielle Wood says:

    We use reflectors on their costumes and they stay close to us

  93. Chrystal D says:

    Make sure to wear something that’s reflective and can be seen well in the dark.

  94. Heather B. says:

    Do not eat any of the candy until it is checked!

  95. Debbie Erickson says:

    Stay together – always have an adult with the group

  96. Bryan Vice says:

    I’ve always held my kids hand checked their candy and last 2 years we’ve been taking them to the church fall festival, free food games toys and lots of candy

  97. rich morris says:

    Even as they get older, they know to use the buddy system

  98. Kelly Grant says:

    We put something on him so we can see him in the dark.

  99. Sarah Oswald says:

    Stay together and never go into anyone’s house unless you know them well.

  100. Children under the age of 12 years old should not be alone at night without adult supervision.

  101. donna porter says:

    Always stay in your group and do not eat any candy until I check it when we get home.

  102. Ashley C says:

    Always be aware of your surroundings and only visit neighborhoods you’re familiar with.


  103. Lynne says:

    To make sure that there costume is one that can be seen in the dark and also to not trick or treat alone.

  104. Cheryl says:

    Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.

  105. Linda G. says:

    We stay together in a group and have flashlights.

  106. Mary Cloud says:

    Reflective tape and flashlights are a must when dark

  107. Rebecca C says:

    We always have at least two light sources with us (cell phone flashlight and regular one). That way, if one of them breaks we still have light.

  108. April says:

    Always stay with your group and have flashlights!

  109. beth says:

    We always stay together and make sure nobody runs off.

  110. Leela says:

    I go T&T with them.

  111. Darlene Carbajal says:

    Carry flashlights!

  112. Carolyn G says:

    Use a headlamp

  113. Jen Rodrigues says:

    Have them wear a light on there costumes. Such as a neckless.

  114. Tara Darity says:

    We always stay together while trick or treating!

  115. Monique Rizzo says:

    They wear glow in the dark necklaces to keep them visible.
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  116. beth shepherd says:

    We carry flashlights and wear glow in the dark necklaces.

  117. Birdie Skolfield says:

    Do not run is our main thing

  118. Kim Avery says:

    We use glow sticks and carry flashlights plus always try to stay in the lights.

  119. Michelle Donovan says:

    We always stick together and don’t go off on our own

  120. Anne Higgins says:

    Don’t eat any snacks along the way unless they came from our home – all goodies have to first be examined. Always go with a buddy (or group) from home to home to ensure safety!

  121. Jamie Williams says:

    Always carry a flashlight with extra batteries. Walk with an adult.

  122. Sara Wainright says:

    glowstick necklaces and stay in a group together. I really prefer the smaller trunk or treat festivities though.

  123. Deb says:

    No crossing roads without an adult.

  124. Sarah Hall says:

    We use reflectors on the costumes and carry flashlights.

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  126. Susan Christy says:

    No going out alone!

  127. rickel bart says:

    wear a glow stick necklace

  128. Eileen Richter says:

    Have a parent go through candy to check that it is safe beFORE eating. *especially those Snickers Candy bars…they should ALL go to Mom, just to be SAFE! haha.

  129. Ann B. says:

    The kids get so excited they want to forge ahead of everyone…we make sure that everyone stays together at the same pace, and we buy those light up wristbands so we can be seen by cars and others.

  130. melissa c says:

    my kids always wear a bright costume and carry a light oo see

  131. Angie says:

    to always stick with me!

  132. Erica B. says:

    Just have to stay with us…no running off.

  133. Robert Young says:

    Wear reflective tape and stick together

  134. We carry a flashlight with us. We also stay on sidewalks.

  135. Julie Bickham says:

    We carry flashlights and I get glow sticks for my kids to wear.

  136. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    My kids always have reflective tape or lights on their costumes. We stock up on glow sticks; I wear a glow necklace and bracelets so the kids can easily see me. I walk with them with a flashlight while my husband usually follows in the car. We put magnetic lights on the sides of the car so we can see other kids walking beside the car and our kids can recognize our car in the dark.

  137. Emory Brooks says:

    Always stay with the group, never talk to clowns in drains or other adults but can be okay to talk with other kids, and to always keep an eye on where I am.

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  139. susan smoaks says:

    we always stick together when we go trick or treating. that is our safety plan and it works for us.

  140. stephanie says:

    i go up to the houses with my daughter

  141. Samantha Schlyer says:

    With my nieces the biggest thing we practice is staying together

  142. Lisa V. says:

    I stay with my granddaughter the whole time.

  143. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    Always carry a flashlight and go with your parents or adult.

  144. Heather D says:

    Stay together and stay visible.

  145. Jen R says:

    A safety tip I follow with my children on Halloween night is to go with them and to go down one side of the street and then cross at the intersection to go down the opposite side. I do not allow them to cut across the street over and over. It is also important to make sure they can see with their costume.

  146. Mark Marville says:

    No kids yet!

  147. Michelle C says:

    We always go with the kids, take flashlights and check the candy before eating it!

  148. JoAnn F says:

    Never go trick or treating alone

  149. Ed says:

    No numchucks!

  150. Marilyn Nawara says:

    Everyone has to stay together in a group and NO eating candy until I’ve checked it first.

  151. Carol says:

    We stay in a group.

  152. Robin says:

    We stay with the adults and the children have glow sticks.

  153. Laura Unger says:

    Always stay with your group and in well lit areas.

  154. Jane McGregor says:

    Always inspect the candy before eating it!

  155. Randy Sanner says:

    Carry a flashlight

  156. Stephanie Liske says:

    They keep their phones on them and check in with Mom. I also check their candy.

  157. Linda Bradshaw says:

    Stay together and never go off alone or in someone’s house.

  158. Emily R. says:

    We carry flash lights & wear glow sticks/necklaces.

  159. Kathy E. says:

    They never travel without an adult nearby!

  160. Jason Haynes says:

    Stay in a group. Wear bright or reflective items.

  161. Candie L says:

    I make sure their costumes are not dark. thank you

  162. Julie Hawkins says:

    My tip is to add reflective stickers to,their costumes for the the night.

  163. Kathy Pease says:

    My kids were never allowed to touch their candy until it was checked thoroughly

  164. Kristen Benson says:

    Wear lots of blinking lights, carry a flashlight, and walk in groups with friends

  165. Tricha says:

    always have an adult and reflective items

  166. Richard Hicks says:

    They wear reflective tapes on their costumes

  167. Sonya Allstun says:

    We always look both ways before crossing streets to go trick or treating also use glow sticks

  168. LYN WILLIAMS says:

    We stick close to home. We mainly go to our neighbors. I guess its a blessing my kids don’t like too much sweets.

  169. Stacey A Smith says:

    always go with a group and don’t cross the road with out looking.

  170. D Johnson says:

    First, they are not allowed to go alone. Secondly, they have to have some sort of light–a glow stick, reflector, etc. You can never be too safe these days!

  171. Amy Deeter says:

    i have them wear a glow necklace and a glow bracelet

  172. Elicia P says:

    My children are not allowed to wear black as their costume (mainly for my older son). They are also to wear two glow sticks. One on the front and the other on the back. It scares me someone will hit them.

  173. Tod Winkelman says:

    Have a grown up with you and make sure you have enough energizer batteries for your flashlights

  174. Erin M says:

    Always stay with your group.

  175. MaryAnn says:

    We always stay together and hold hands when crossing the street.

  176. marlene a harris says:

    i say stay together do not eat any candy until mama checks it and no not ron ahead

  177. Rachel says:

    I always have them wear something that glows in the dark and tell them to pay very close attention to traffic.

  178. Donna Clifford says:

    Have some kind of light on the costume.

  179. Megan C says:

    We go to Truck or Treat at our church. I feel that is the safest way for the kids. We know the people giving out the candy. The kids are in a parking lot which is a lot smaller area than a neighborhood. The church family watches over everyone’s children, so there is more eyes on them.

  180. Betty Curran says:

    Always have at least one adult with a group of children. They carry flashlights or glow sticks and only go to places we know are safe.

  181. Peter G says:

    Don’t leave the group and go with anyone but who you started with.

  182. clynsg says:

    Even though our trick or treat is done at town or church events, we always emphasize staying with the group of adults/kids that you are a part of.

  183. peggy rydzewski says:

    They have to wear day-glo items at night

  184. Cathleen N says:

    Go in a group

  185. Lisa says:

    We all stay together and walk opposite of traffic.

  186. Mary Gardner says:

    We always add reflective tape to their shoes and their halloween bags and they wear glo stick bracelets and neclaces.

  187. buttmuffin says:

    stay with group and wear reflective clothing

  188. krystal wethington says:

    We wear reflective bands to be noticed at night.

  189. We always had everyone go out in a group and no one left the group – and that group was also filled with adults keeping an eye on things!

  190. Brandon Sparks says:

    Keep your flash lights on and always stay wihin eye sight.

  191. Janine Hwang says:

    We only go in our immediate neighborhood and I’m right there with them

  192. Anita Jude says:

    hold hands and watch for cars and be safe

  193. Sue Nedela says:

    Wear reflector stickers and stay in sight of mom

  194. Meme says:

    I buy glow in the dark necklaces, flashlights, and we watch for cars and go in lighted areas.

  195. Lorena Wygant says:

    I am a paranormal; investigator and we burn thru tons of batteries with flashlights, headlamps and voice recorders!

  196. amber says:

    always hold hands and stay together

  197. DanV says:

    We bring a flashlight when we trick or treat

  198. Carolyn Daley says:

    Always stay with the group.

  199. Rose Santuci-Sofranko says:

    We don’t celebrate halloween at all…so that is my spiritual safety tip for anyone. Halloween is witches “high feast day”. Thanks and God Bless!

  200. Jerry Marquardt says:

    Wearing a lighter colored costume with reflectors helps out with visibility dramatically, even during daylight hours.

  201. AEKZ2 says:

    I always go trick or treating with my children. Never trick or treat alone.

  202. Trisha McKee says:

    My tip is to stick with the adult and only go to homes you know!

  203. Buddy Garrett says:

    No candy is eaten until parents check it out at home.

  204. Candace says:

    We wear fun blinking lights,

  205. Janet Boyanton says:

    Always go with adult supervision.

  206. Philip Lawrence says:

    Always have your kids wear bright colored costumes that have reflector tape on them so that cars can see them when they cross the street.

  207. Stephanie Hodges says:

    Even at a trunk or treat, no candy is eaten until I check it all out.

  208. Sand says:

    No running, make sure they are always by my side and no eating candy until it’s checked at home.

  209. BRYAN E. says:

    On Halloween nights we clip on small bicycle “flasher” safety lights on the back of our kids costumes !

  210. Janice B says:

    Everyone has to hold each other’s hand and stay in the group. Also have to wear their glow sticks. And candy must be checked by the adults before eating it.

  211. Sarah L says:

    No kids, so no rules.
    Thanks for the contest.

  212. Leah Shumack says:

    Our kids always wear glow bracelets and a necklace to make sure they have something on them to stand out in the darkness. They think it looks cool and I know I can spot them easily!

  213. Christian Alejandro says:

    We make sure they stay in sight and ask them to throw out any unwrapped candy.

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