Halloween Safety Tips

As Halloween draws closer, the Norman Police Department would like to remind residents to consider the following safety tips during fall festivities, especially those who plan on trick-or-treating or who will be out Halloween night. Norman’s community Halloween trick-or-treat will take place on October 31 from 5 to 9 p.m.

For Pedestrians:

  • Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood. Plan a trick-or-treating route in a familiar, well-lit area
  • Ensure trick-or-treaters are accompanied by an adult and walk in groups
  • Make sure children and accompanying adults wear bright, easily visible costumes and clothing and carry a flashlight or some other alternative lighting source
  • Never go into a stranger’s home or accept a ride from someone you don’t know
  • Walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury
  • Always cross the street at a corner or an intersection using traffic signals and crosswalks, and remember to look both ways before entering the roadway

For Motorists:

  • Drive slowly, eliminate distractions and remain attentive in neighborhoods. Many young children are out for the evening, especially during the peak hours of 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Use EXTREME CAUTION when driving in areas where street lighting is poor or in case of inclement weather
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully as children are quickly moving through these areas
  • Utilize a designated driver if you plan to attend a Halloween party where alcohol will be served

In addition to traditional Halloween safety precautions, we also encourage individuals taking part in trick-or-treating to take reasonable precautions with regard to COVID-19 such as celebrating outside and washing hands before and after passing out candy.

As always, if you witness any safety concerns or suspicious behavior, contact the NPD using 911 or our non-emergency line 405-321-1444.