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Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins on Halloween

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Make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.

Halloween is just around the corner and many neighborhoods will see ghosts, ghouls, and goblins floating through the streets on October 31, 2010. The National Crime Prevention Council, home of McGruff the Crime Dog, suggests that parents follow these few tips to assure that their children enjoy a safe and fun-filled evening.

Remember the following tips.

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
  • Keep your house well lighted on both the inside and outside.
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local citizens’ group to patrol your community.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activities to your police or sheriff’s department.

Follow these tips to make sure even the scariest costumes are safe.

  • Try makeup instead of masks; it does not obstruct vision the way masks can.
  • Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
  • Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.

Make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.

  • Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups. Kids walking around alone are not as safe as those walking in groups.
  • A parent or trusted neighbor should accompany younger kids.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time for when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child separates accidentally from his or her friends or from you.

Remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.

  • Remind your children not to eat any treats until they have come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not factory-wrapped or that is no longer sealed.

For more information and tips on Halloween safety, visit and read McGruff’s Halloween pointers for parents (PDF). To schedule an interview, please contact Michelle Boykins at 202-261-4184 or Chantez Bailey at 202-261-4120.

About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips that protect what matters most—you, your family, and your community. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out of Crime®,” visit

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