Halloween Safety Tips

The Seattle Police Department wishes Seattle residents a Happy Halloween and offers these safety tips as kids prepare to put on their costumes and roam from house to house tonight.

  • Stay alert for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Halloween night.
  • Be patient and SLOW DOWN! Give children lots of time to cross the street. Costumes can impair their ability to see and hear you and to get out of the way quickly. It also may be difficult for young children to cross a street quickly and they may not see potential traffic threats, or anticipate driver behavior.
  • Excited kids may forget to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the street. Since they may be trying to visit as many houses as possible in a short period of time, children could quickly dart in front of your car.
  • Be extra cautious in areas where vehicles are parked along the side of the street. Trick-or-treaters may dart into traffic from between parked cars.
    Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. Also watch for children walking on medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.


  • Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or “glow sticks.”
  • Dress children in costumes that are light-colored and clearly visible to motorists.
  • Use face paints or make-up rather than masks that could impair vision.
    Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Small children should be accompanied by adults.
  • Older children should stay in groups.
  • Make sure props such as swords, scythes, pitchforks, spears, wands or knives are flexible (not rigid) with smooth or rounded tips to prevent eye or other injuries if fallen on.
  • If driving children to trick-or-treat, make sure they exit vehicle on the curb side and not the traffic side.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any candy until they bring it home and you examine it thoroughly. Inspect commercially wrapped candy for tampering (unusual appearance, discoloration, tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers). Discard anything suspicious. Throw out homemade treats.
    Secure identification (name, address phone number) on or within a child’s costume.
  • Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they become lost or have an emergency. (9-1-1 service can be dialed free from any phone).


  • Don’t assume the right of way when crossing a street. Motorists may have trouble seeing you. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean they all will.
  • Be very cautious of strangers. A stranger is someone you don’t know who behaves in an inappropriate way. Adults asking children for help can be potentially dangerous.
  • Trick-or-treaters should only visit houses that have porch lights turned on.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Don’t run! Always walk when crossing streets or going from house to house.
  • Cross streets only at corners and crosswalks. Never cross the street from between parked cars.
  • Remove mask or any item restricting eyesight before crossing streets.
    Don’t take shortcuts through back alleys or parking lots.
  • Look “left, right, left again” for cars before stepping off the curb to cross a street.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
  • Don’t eat any treats until you get home.
  • Have an adult check all candy before eating it.
  • Stay focused on your surroundings. If you feel threatened, go to the nearest store or restaurant and ask to use the phone. Call parents or the police.


  • Turn on your porch light. Provide ample outdoor lighting.
  • Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch, yard and walkway. (Flower pots, lawn furniture, lawn decorations, bicycles, children’s toys, ladders, garden hoses, dog leashes, support wires, low tree limbs).
  • Pets can be frightened by Halloween activities. Restrain or bring them indoors to protect them from cars or accidentally hurting trick-or-treaters.

Stay Fire Safe this Halloween!

Help keep you and your family fire safe this holiday weekend by following these fire safety tips:

  • Use flame-less candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper can catch fire easily, keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • If using candles, extinguish them before leaving a room – keep kids and pets away, they can inadvertently injure themselves or knock over candles.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations – nothing should block escape routes.
  • If you or your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes,  look for ways out of the home and plan how to get out in an emergency.

Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts fall festivities for Fido in Bell Street Park, Oct. 31

You may have outgrown trick-or-treating, but what about your four-legged friend? This Halloween, we’re celebrating a dog day in October and inviting all pooches to Bell Street Park for some festive fun.

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, for Bow Wow Bibbity Bobbity Boo in Bell Street Park. We’ll be hosting a Dog-o-ween costume contest, pet mini pedicures, photo opportunities, arts and crafts for kids and will have food, music and more on site. All activities are free.

For more information, please call 206-684-7710. The event is located at the intersection of Third Avenue and Bell Street. Sponsors include the Belltown Business Association, Citizens for Off-Leash Areas, Belltown Community Council, High Paw Dog Walking, Buckley’s in Belltown and Friends of Bell Street Park.

Celebrate fall with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting dozens of free and low-cost fall and Halloween activities across the city this month. Put on your scariest costume, perfect your apple bobbing skills, practice your “Boos!” and head out! For event details, please contact the specific location.


Halloween Spookfest
What: Costume party
Location: International District Chinatown Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24

Halloween Carnival
What: Games and treats
Location: Jefferson Community Center
Ages: 11 and under
Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per game or 5/$1

Toddler Harvest Festival
What: Toddler gym and games
Location: Rainier Community Center
Ages: 5 and younger
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 25
Cost: Free

Teen Halloween Flashlight Hunt
What: Hunt for treats
Location: Van Asselt Community Center
Ages: Teens
Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: Alki Community Center
Ages: 1-11
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per game or $7 unlimited

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: Hiawatha Community Center
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per ticket

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: South Park Community Center
Ages: 2 and older
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Suggested $2 donation

Toddler Pumpin Palooza
What: Games and activities
Location: High Point Community Center
Ages: Toddlers
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 30
Cost: $5

Halloween Event
What: Safe tricks, treats and pumpkin carving
Location: Delridge Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free


Fall Carnival
What: Halloween games
Location: Yesler Community Center
Ages: 3-11
Time:5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $1 per child

Campus Creepy Crawl
What: Haunted tunnel, costumes and games
Location: Garfield Community Center
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Suggested donation $3 per family

Tot Carnival
What: Games, treats and costumes
Location: Queen Anne Community Center
Ages: Toddlers
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: $3 per child

Mighty Mites Crazy Costume Party
What: Costume party
Location: Miller Community Center
Ages: 5 and under
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 30
Cost: Free

Fall Carnival
What: Trick or treating, carnival activities
Location: Montlake Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free


Haunted Bounce
What: Bouncy houses and ghostly lighting
Location: Meadowbrook Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30-7:60 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $2 for youth

Halloween Makeup Headquarters
What: Halloween face painting
Location: Magnuson Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 4-6 p.m., Oct. 31
Cost: Donations accepted
Call 206-684-7026 for an appointment.


Halloween Carnival
What: Costume party and activities
Location: Loyal Height Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-9 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 50 cents per ticket, $12 unlimited

Big Pumpkin Bash
What: Carnival games
Location: Bitter Lake Annex
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25
Cost: 25 cents per ticket, can of food for food bank

Lil Spooky Things
What: Costume party and pumpkin decorating
Location: Magnolia Community Center
Ages: 4 and under
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: $3 per child


Spooky Swamp Swim
What: Swamp swim
Location: Medgar Evers
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Halloween Family Swim
What: Family swim
Location: Rainier Beach Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:35-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Pumpkin Swim
What: Swim with pumpkins
Location: Evans Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7-8 p.m., Oct. 24

Halloween Swim
What: Spooky swim with pumpkins
Location: Southwest Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Harvest Potluck
What: Live music and potluck
Location: Evans Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: Noon – 2:30 p.m., Oct. 25

Pumpkin Swim
What: Ghoulish games
Location: Madison Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Oct. 29
Cost: $2 per person

Spook the Pool
What: Pumpkin swim and games
Location: Meadowbrook Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $3.75 youth, $5.25 adults

To find contact numbers for community centers, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers.asp, for pools, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp. Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle