Halloween Safety Tips for Bristow, VA Residents

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Halloween Safety Tips for Bristow, VA Residents

Whether you are going out to trick-or-treat, or staying home to pass out goodies to the kids, safety comes first.  Here are helpful safety tips, many of which have probably been drilled into your head.  Maybe you'll see a new safety tip, but even if you don't, it never hurts to go over the rules of safety one more time.


1.  Go out in a group.  Whether it's having multiple eyes on small children, or young adults traveling in a pack, there is safety in numbers.

2.  Stay in well lit areas. 

3.  Have a flashlight handy for poorly lit areas.

4.  Visit homes of people you know.  It's best to stay in familiar territory.

5.  If a home doesn't have a front porch light on, it's probably best to skip it.  They may not be participating in the Halloween festivities.

6.  Stay on sidewalks and watch for traffic when crossing the street.

7.  Let someone know where you are going and when you plan on returning.

8.  If dressing up, wear a costume that doesn't make it difficult to see where you are going, or present a trip hazard.

9.  Check candy before digging in to eat it.


1.  Make sure the walkway to your front door is clear of trip hazards.

2.  Turn on your porch lights.

3.  Keep animals away from front door and yard.  Halloween can be stressful on our pets.  Likewise, pets can scare the young trick-or-treaters.

4.  Keep a watchful eye for little trick-or-treaters that may have wandered from their parent or guardian.

No matter what you are doing on Halloween, if you see suspicious activity, call the police.  In an emergency call 9-1-1.  If it's not an emergency situation, you may opt to leave emergency lines open and call the Prince William County Police non-emergency number.  703-792-6500.

Comments (6)

Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Very good Halloween tips. If the porch light is not on, the owners do not want to hand out treats.  A flashlight is another great idea.  Next Monday should be fun.

Oct 23, 2011 05:40 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Always good advice, and always worth repeating!

Oct 23, 2011 06:02 AM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

Great Halloween tips. Safety and fun is key.

Oct 23, 2011 10:13 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Belinda:  It's amazing that even when I've run out of candy and turned off the porch lights that kids still come knocking. 

Li:  I thought so.

Ellie:  I always got bummed out when it was too cold to go out in just my costume as a kid and then had to cover it up with a coat. 

Oct 24, 2011 03:46 AM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

These are great halloween safety tips Chris Ann. I know my walkways and front door light are always on.

Oct 26, 2011 01:41 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Jackie:  Nothing like going to the neighborhood haunted house that is loaded with trip hazards.  Happened every year at a house up the street from me as a kid.

Oct 26, 2011 03:42 AM