Halloween Safety

The West Fargo Police Department wants to make sure you and yours enjoy this fun holiday as safely as possible, which is why we offer a list of trick-or-treating tips:

Treat Safety:

  • Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
  • Closely inspect any treats before anyone eats them. 
  • Cut up and wash fruit to make sure it is safe.
  • If you suspect that candy may be tainted, please contact the West Fargo Police Department at 701-515-5500.

Costume Safety:

  • Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. 
  • Hats and scarves should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
  • If children go out after dark, make sure they wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.

Pedestrian Safety:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
  • Remind children to walk, not run from house to house. 
  • Stay on the sidewalks, not streets, and avoid backyards, shortcuts and alleys.
  • Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars.
  • Remind children to stay with their group.
  • Give your children a curfew and have them tell you what route they will be taking. 

Choosing Safe Houses:

  • Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome
  • Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult
  • Residents expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. 
  • Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. 
  • Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.

Take extra care on Halloween night: 

  • Don't leave your home unattended. 
  • Keep pets inside your home or another safe place. 
  • Motorists should drive slowly, yield to young pedestrians and watch out for trick-or-treaters darting into the street.

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