Halloween Safety Tips

In the City of La Crosse, “Meet ‘n Treat” occurs on Halloween, October 31st, with recommended hours between 4:00PM – 8:00PM.  The La Crosse Police Department would like to ensure that everyone experiences a safe and enjoyable Halloween by following these tips:


  • Be on the lookout for “Meet ‘n Treaters” on sidewalks, in medians, at crossings, and in the streets
  • Drive slower than usual to provide extra time to react
  • Use caution when turning corners, entering or exiting driveways and alleys
  • Turn on headlights – even during the day – to be more visible

Parents and Guardians

  • Make sure young children are accompanied by a parent or other responsible person throughout the evening
  • Create and discuss a plan for the areas that your “Meet ‘n Treaters” will visit, don’t stray
  • Stay within neighborhoods and visit homes you know, only approaching those with outdoor lights turned on
  • Ensure costumes are weather-appropriate, short enough to prevent tripping and that masks don’t obstruct vision

“Meet ‘n Treaters”

  • Wear light-colored clothing or use reflective tape on the sides, front, and back of the costume
  • If heading out in a big group, employ the “buddy system” – pair up and never let the other person roam away from the group
  • Watch for traffic – even though you can see them, they may not see you
  • Obey traffic rules, devices and signs, using sidewalks and crossings to travel through neighborhoods
  • Carry a flashlight, but never flash it in the direction of a motorist
  • Take all treats home to be examined before eating anything – throw away any item that isn’t wrapped or packaged by the original manufacture
  • Stay away from pets as they may become scared and react to costumed people

For additional safety tips, please visit the AAA website.

Let’s all work together for a fun and safe night.  Happy Halloween!


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