Treat yourself to a safe, happy Halloween with these safety tips from the Alabama Department of Public Health


CONTACT: Burnestine P. Taylor, M.D., (334) 206-5100

As the spooky season kicks into high gear this weekend, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recommends the following tips to help ensure everyone has a safe, fun time while making the rounds at Fall festivals, trunk-or-treats, parties, and the traditional door-to-door hunt for goodies.


  • Be sure costumes, masks, wigs, beards, and other accessories are flame-resistant.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes, bags, and accessories to increase visibility.
  • Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses that can be purchased without a prescription. These may not fit properly and could cause scratches, ulcers, and other eye injuries.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
  • Caution children against running out from between parked cars, or across yards where obstacles may be hard to spot.
  • Stick to walking areas that are well-lit and free of obstacles. Carry a flashlight to see and be seen more easily.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
  • Avoid distraction by electronic devices.

Safe Homes

  • Only go to homes where the parents know the residents.
  • Visit homes that have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
  • Remove potential obstacles for trick-or-treaters from your lawn, porch, and steps.


  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters, such as individual packs of raisins, trail mix or pretzels. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Examine treats for choking hazards before allowing them to be consumed.
  • Limit the amount of sugary and sticky candies consumed.
  • Drink more water and brush and floss after consuming sugary treats to control the formation of decay-causing bacteria and plaque and prevent the onset of tooth decay.

Remember, in addition to being the spooky season, it is also flu season, and COVID-19 continues to be a concern. ADPH recommends everyone 6 months of age or older with rare exceptions get the flu vaccine before the end of October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination. Information about COVID-19 and flu is available at

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County health departments throughout Alabama provide a wide range of confidential and professional services. Contact your local county health department for additional information.

Mission: To promote, protect, and improve Alabama’s health

Vision: Healthy People. Healthy Communities. Healthy Alabama.