Trick or Treat the Safe Way

Safety tips for your Virginia Beach Halloween festivities


The haunting season has arrived! Ghost, goblins, and ghouls will take to the streets demanding candy. Not to mention, kids will be out 9269-a-beautiful-girl-in-a-halloween-witch-costume-pvtrick-or-treating. Scaring yourself silly is a great way to spend the holiday, but please make sure to keep any real monsters at bay with some holiday safety tips.


Light is your best friend

You never know what could be lurking in the darkness. If you are trick-or-treating or out and about, make sure you and your little goblins have flashlights or glow sticks to make you more visible to passing cars and help light your paths. It is also a good idea to stick to houses or driveways that are well lit.

Keep an eye on the kids

Make sure all children under the age of 13 are supervised and have a grownup trick-or-treat guardian. If, your teens are heading out on their own it is a good idea to make sure you know where they will be, who they will be with, and have a way to get in touch.

Do not leave your candles unsupervised

Halloween is a great night for bonfires and candlelight. Many people use candles in their jack-o-lanterns or in other decorations. Make sure any fires lit that night are well looked after and in no danger of causing trouble.

Don’t accept any unwrapped treats

Make sure to look over your children’s candy haul and remove anything with questionable or damaged packaging. In the past, some treats have been tampered with in dangerous ways. Make sure everything is properly packaged and steer clear of homemade treats unless you trust their source.

Choose costumes that are relatively visible

It is usually best to avoid costumes that only have dark colors because they can be difficult to see at night. It is important to make sure cars and other pedestrians are easily able to see you to avoid any accidents. Also, if you are taking the kids trick-or-treating, make sure they are dressed in a way that makes them easy for you to see and keep track of them.

Masks can be fun, but they make it hard to see

Masks are a classic part of Halloween. They are iconic. They are scary. They are fun. They can make it hard to see. Police and other safety experts recommend Halloween masks be avoided because they can obstruct vision and make it difficult to navigate the dark streets. However, this does not need to ruin your fun, or make your costume any less awesome. Just swap out face paint for masks and you are good to go.

Be cautious while driving

If you are going to be driving on Halloween, use extreme caution. People will be distracted, kids will be hopped up on sugar, and the roads could be treacherous. Make sure you drive slowly through neighborhoods and keep an eye out for any little monsters that might be crossing the streets.
If you’re out and about at the oceanfront on Halloween, stop in to any VSA Resort and say hello!