Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips for 2020

Cranberry Township will keep tradition and celebrate Halloween
Saturday, October 31 from 6-8 PM.

The Township is leaving it up to residents to decide whether to participate or not. This is not a mandatory event and families should make the best decision for their own family. There will be added Police, Fire and EMS personnel on duty to ensure a safe night for residents.  

Covid- 19 Precautions

  • Do not leave candy in a bowl for kids to take. It’s best to designate one person to hand out candy, instead of having many children reach into a candy bowl.  
  • Designate an outdoor spot to pass out treats. It’s recommended to position oneself outside to pass out treats, instead of having children ring doorbells and wait for the door to be opened. 
  • Treats should be individually wrapped. To avoid any cross-contamination, please consider all individually wrapped treats. 
  • Face masks should be worn. It’s recommended that kids wear face masks while collecting Halloween treats. 
  • Gloves should not be worn. Gloves are not recommended, as they would need to be changed regularly. Parents should have hand sanitizer readily available for children during treat gathering. 
  • To sanitize treats or not. It is not recommended to sanitize packaging and groceries. The transmission of the coronavirus on these types of surfaces is low. But, if parents want to sanitize the packages, they should.
  • Anxious parents should not participate.  It’s best to buy your own Halloween treats and give to your kids – instead of being anxious about participation. 
  • Bring hand sanitizer.  

Costume Safety

  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls, and choose light colors.
  • Add reflective tape or stickers to costumes and bags.
  • Make sure that decorative masks do not obstruct vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

Stay Safe While Walking

  • Cross the street at corners, looking left, right and left again while crossing. 
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. 
  • Accompany children under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to trick or treat without adult supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Bring water to hydrate children during the walk.

Drive Safely

  • Be especially alert for kids during Trick or Treat hours in Cranberry, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  • Remain alert in residential neighborhoods and allow extra time to look for kids at intersections or on curbs.
  • Avoid talking or texting while driving to allow better concentration on the road and surroundings.
  • Make sure headlights are on during early hours to spot children from greater distances.