A child attending the Trunk-or-Treat event grabs candy out of a trunk Oct. 25, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted Trunk-or-Treat, an annual event aimed to provide a safe place for military families to enjoy Halloween festivities. The event had approximately 5,000 attendees and more than 60 vehicles trunks loaded with candy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Otte)

Halloween Safety

Halloween and harvest festivals are fun for families, but they can also present serious safety risks. From traffic and trick-or-treating to pumpkin-carving, AFSEC has the tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Did you know?

Kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night of the year.

Fire Safety

Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year.


The 28th Bomb Wing Safety Office encourages parents and children to take extra safety precautions before going trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Actions such as looking both ways before crossing the street and keeping children close when using crosswalks can help prevent accidents and injuries.

Safety for Trick or Treaters

  • Always trick-or-treat with an adult
  • Only trick-or-treat in well lit, familiar areas
  • Never enter a stranger's home
  • If trick-or-treating after dark, fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags
  • Check treats before eating or allowing kids to eat them

Costume Safety

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags or use glow sticks after dark
  • Make sure Halloween makeup is nontoxic and test it in a small area first
  • Remove makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
spooky Halloween celebrate costume
A group of Okinawan children walk from house-to-house during a Halloween trick-or-treat event Oct. 31, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Japanese residents participated in a cultural exchange allowing a portion of local communities to experience trick-or-treating with service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Halloween Driving Safety

  • Slow down and be especially alert for kids in neighborhoods
  • Turn on your headlights
  • Take extra time...look for kids in intersections, medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours:  5:30pm - 9:30pm


  • Use battery-operated candles or glow sticks instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs or heaters
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames and make sure they know how to "stop, drop and roll"
  • Make sure all smoke alarms are working
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
Keesler families attend Ghouls in the Park at the marina park on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 29, 2021. The Halloween event also featured a haunted house, a boo bus and various games for children of all ages. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
spooky Halloween celebrate costume

Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

  • USE THE RIGHT TOOLS: Use the specialty pumpkin carving kits designed to saw through rinds and scoop out innards without being razor-sharp
  • KEEP IT CLEAN, DRY AND BRIGHT: Carve in a well-lit, clean and dry area
  • DON'T LET KIDS CARVE: Children 14 and younger should stick to drawing on the pattern and scooping out the seeds
  • CARVE YOUR PUMPKIN WITH THE TOP ON: This way you won't be tempted to put your hand inside and cut toward your hand
  • FIRST AID:  If someone does get cut, apply direct pressure to the wound using a dry, clean cloth. If the bleeding doesn't stop in 15 minutes, go to the emergency room or urgent care clinic

Halloween Safety Tips

Remember to take safety in mind as you prepare for the Halloween festivities

Halloween Safety Tips for Adults poster