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Posted Date: 10/31/2012 1:30 PM

Leesburg Police Department Offers Tips to Make Trick or Treating Safer!

October 31, 2012 -  With  Hurricane Sandy behind us, clean up continues as communities prepare for Halloween and the “trick or treaters” that will be traveling through neighborhoods in search of treats..  To make sure the children have a safe trick or treating experience, please make sure your walkways and sidewalks are clear of debris.  Drivers and pedestrians alike need clear lines of sight so that they may travel safely.   Below are some tips for both parents, children and drivers to help keep Halloween safe;

Trick or Treaters

  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on the porch rather than going into the house.
  • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Small children should have their names and addresses attached inside their costumes. Children should know their phone numbersin case of an emergency.
  • Bring treats home before eating them. Parents should check all items for safety.
  • Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not sharp or rigid.

When walking in neighborhoods children should;

  • Use light sticks or other indirect light sources, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
  • Let adults escorting children carry a flashlight.
  • Cross streets at the corner or intersections. 
  • Do not cross between cars where it would be difficult to be seen. 
  • Stop at all corners and stay together as a group before crossing.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
  • Consider using face paint instead of mask. ( Masks can obstruct a child’s vision)
  • Avoid wearing hat that could slide down over a child eyes. 
  •  Avoid wearing long, baggy, oversized or loose costumes, or oversized shoes to prevent tripping.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.


Parents and Adults Should  
  • Supervise the outing for children under the age of 12.
  • Establish a curfew (a return time) for older children. The Town of Leesburg has a mandatory curfew of midnight for anyone under the age of 18
  • Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters. Clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks of hazards will prevent accidents.
  • Place jack-o-lanterns away from doors and landings.
  • Place jack-o-lanterns away from curtains and other flammable objects. Do not leave candles unattended.
  • Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it. 
  • Make sure children under the age of 10 are supervised as they cross the street. 
  • Watch for children in the streets and on medians.
  • Exit driveways and alleys carefully and slowly.
  • Have children exit vehicles on the curb side, not the roadway side.


 Leesburg Police Department School Resource Officers spoke with and or distributed Halloween safety information to all the kindergarten classes in elementary schools within the town of Leesburg.   If your child received a safety packet, read the information inside.  (A flyer style version is attached to this release). For those that did not receive a packet, safety tips will also be posted on the department’s web page and social web pages.  


  Remember, the Leesburg Halloween Parade was canceled this year due to the recent storm.   There is no rain date. 

From the Leesburg Police Department, have a safe and Happy Halloween!