safe trick or treat tips

Safe Trick or Treat Tips for Halloween

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. We love decorating and family-themed costumes! With kids, our main goal is making memories while keeping them safe. So today, we are sharing safe trick or treat tips so you can enjoy Halloween to the fullest.

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Safe Trick or Treat Tips

Bring a flashlight

With daylight savings right around the corner, it gets dark early. From personal experience, a cell phone flashlight just doesn’t cut it.  We suggest bringing a flashlight so you can see where you and your littles are headed.

Glow Sticks

Glow sticks add extra visibility and are a fun accessory.  You can have them wear them or add to candy bag loop. Stock up from amazon or your local dollar store!

Stroller or Wagon

It seems like kids get tired after just a few homes.  Bringing a stroller or wagon not only adds safety it’s an easy way to let them rest between houses or neighborhoods. It also allows you to bring blankets to keep them warm! Add a lantern to your wagon or stroller or extra light!

Reflective Tape

Nowadays most store-bought costumes have some reflectiveness added to them.  But if your costume doesn’t we recommend using some reflective tape for added visibility! You could also add to the candy bags.

Know the Route

We recommend mapping out your route ahead of it.  Don’t just wing it! If you can map out a loop even better because then there is no backtracking.

Ditch the Mask

Masks are fun and all but can make it jumbled when you have 3 spider mans all trick or treating together.  if you can use face paint or face crayons when possible.

Trunk or Treat

Another option is heading to a local trunk or treat event.  These are typically in closed-off areas free from driving vehicles or indoors.  The bonus is they are typically FREE!

Older Kids

If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, they still go with a group of friends and stick to familiar houses and neighborhoods, set up a timeline expectation, and consider turning on a mobile tracker on a phone they can take with them.

Inspect Candy

Going through the candy at the end of the night is important so your child doesn’t eat anything they shouldn’t. Remove items such as homemade treats, unwrapped candy, candy your child may be allergic to, and any other questionable sweets.

Make Memories

You can have a ghoulishly good time while being safe! What other safe trick or treat tips would you include? Leave them in the comments below!


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!

Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.

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