Decorative pumpkin jar full of halloween candy

Halloween is right around the corner, which means soon the streets of Eagle Mountain will be filled with superheroes, princesses and spooky monsters.

Trick-or-treating is an exciting time for everyone on Halloween, but it’s important to remember certain tips to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

Chief Deputy Eric McDowell with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Eagle Mountain division has several tips for everyone to have a safe Halloween.

Individuals who are planning to trick-or-treat should “trick or treat only during the suggested timeframe of 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31,” said McDowell. Parents should also be sure their children “only visit familiar, well-lit neighborhoods and homes that have their porch lights on.”

“Parents should inspect children’s candy before they eat any,” said McDowell. “If anything is unwrapped or looks suspicious, throw it away.”

Homeowners looking to have a safe Halloween should only hand out commercially-wrapped candy and only have their porch light on if they are willing to welcome trick-or-treaters. It’s equally important for homeowners to secure all pets for the safety of trick-or-treaters and the animal.

Motorists who plan to be out and about on Halloween should be especially cautious.

“Drive slowly and be aware of children who could dart in and out of traffic or between parked cars,” cautions McDowell. “Avoid distractions, like using your cell phone or listening to loud music, which affect your ability to see or hear children.”

As always, but especially on Halloween, motorists should never drink and drive.

Below is a complete list of Halloween safety tips provided by McDowell and the Utah County Sheriff’s Office:

Safety tips for trick-or-treaters and parents:

  • Trick-or-treat only during the suggested timeframe – 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31
  • Only visit familiar, well-lit neighborhoods and homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Walk on the sidewalk and observe all traffic laws.
  • Parents should inspect children’s candy before they eat any. If anything is unwrapped or looks suspicious, throw it away.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight and are wearing costumes that do not restrict their vision, could cause them to trip, are flame retardant and are light colored and visible. Consider placing reflective tape on costumes or treat bags.
  • Don’t run! Walk.
  • Never go into a stranger’s home.
  • Always trick or treat with an adult.
  • Notify police of any suspicious activity.

Safety Tips for Homeowners:

  • Only hand out commercially wrapped candy.
  • Only turn your porch light on if you welcome trick-or-treaters.
  • Secure pets.

Safety Tips for Motorists:

  • Drive slowly and be aware of children who could dart in and out of traffic or between parked cars.
  • Avoid distractions, like using your cell phone or listening to loud music, which affect your ability to see or hear children.
  • NEVER drink and drive.

Halloween is an exciting time of the year. With proper precautions, Halloween and other fall festivities can be a safe and memorable time for all Eagle Mountain residents.