Fraternal Order of Police offers Halloween safety tips > ILFOP
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is offering tips to keep 
trick-or-treaters and their escorts safe during Halloween.

“Illinois' law enforcement officers want to make sure the only scares during Halloween are the 
make-believe kind,” said Illinois FOP President Chris Southwood. “By following some simple but 
effective safety tips, kids and their parents can have a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treating 

The FOP offers the following Halloween safety tips:

•    Children should only go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult. Be sure to follow all 
local ordinances regarding trick-or-treating times, ages, and areas.
•    Instruct children that they should never go into a stranger's house or car unless their 
parents or another trusted adult is with them and says it's OK. They should never go anywhere with 
stranger, and if a stranger tries to make them go somewhere they should scream as loudly as 
possible and run to safety as quickly as they can.
•    Make sure kids know how to safely cross streets – look in both directions, and only use 
crosswalks or well-lit street corners. Tell them to not cut through back alleys and fields and to 
stay in well-lit areas with lots of people around.
•    Know the route your children will take while trick-or-treating if you are not going with them. 
Have them check in at set times, either by phone or by stopping back by your residence.
•    If you can't accompany your younger children as they trick-or-treat, make sure at least one, 
and preferably more, responsible adults go with them. Set a curfew for the children and make sure 
they understand how important it is to arrive back home on time.
•    Make sure your children have costumes that are fire retardant, contain reflective strips or 
material, do not obstruct their vision or movement, and that any props that depict knives or other 
sharp objects are made of a dull, flexible material. Have at least one flashlight per group of 
trick-or- treaters. Try and make each child's costume unique in some way so they can be easily 
•    Serve your children a filling meal before they trick-or-treat so they won't be tempted to eat 
the treats before they get back home. Carefully examine all of the treats before you let your 
children handle or consume them.
•    Several days before trick-or-treating, check the local and state sex offender websites to see 
if there are any sex offenders living in your area. If there are, make sure your children avoid 
those homes.
•    Remind children that it is wrong to vandalize property or hurt animals.
•    To lessen the chance of allergic reactions, try any makeup products on a small area of a 
child's arm several days before trick-or-treating to see if they have any reaction.
•    If you cannot accompany them, having the children carry a cell phone lets them keep in touch 
and the phones also contain a GPS chip to help locate lost children.
•    Drivers, don't use a cell phone or text while driving and do not drive if you are impaired. 
Pay close attention while driving, especially at crosswalks, intersections, the side of the road, 
and by parked cars. Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas, do not pass vehicles 
that have stopped in the road, and pull off the road in a safe spot and turn on your emergency 
flashers when picking up or dropping off children.

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law 
enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing 
officers, the  FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. 
The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more 
than 32,000 active duty and retired police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members 
nationwide. Visit for
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