31 October 2018
cartoon of group of children dressed up trick or treating with a stop symbol over them

With many Halloween celebrations planned for this evening, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind people to keep safe while enjoying the festivities.

Below is a list of safety tips and guidance on everything from trick or treating, to the use of decorations and costumes.

People can also download Halloween and Bonfire Night safety posters, including ‘no trick or treat callers’ posters to print and display at home if they would like to discourage unexpected visitors.

Download your poster

Halloween safety tips

  • Keep clear of all flames such as candles and lit pumpkins, which could cause costumes to catch fire or cause burns.
  • Be careful how you dress on Halloween. Homemade costumes and some costumes bought in shops can be flammable.
  • Plan your trick or treat route beforehand. Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents. Always go in groups.
  • Be cautious about eating what people give you when out trick or treating. Check with an adult when you get home.
  • Be visible, stay in areas that are well lit with streetlights. Take a torch just in case.
    Keep decorations away from all naked flames.
  • Remember ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ if clothing catches fire. Stop where you are. Do not run. Drop to the ground. Lie down flat. Roll over and over on the ground until flames are out.
  • Don’t wear masks that restrict your vision. You need to see when crossing roads.
    Don’t enter any house when trick or treating, stay on the doorstep.
  • Don’t go trick or treating without an adult. Never go alone.
  • Don’t knock on doors where you see a ‘No trick or treat callers’ sign.
  • Don’t use your costumes to genuinely frighten people – particularly those who may be elderly or vulnerable.
  • Don’t leave children alone with candles.
  • Avoid using real candles in lanterns and pumpkins. Battery operated lights are safer.
  • Don’t make lanterns from plastic bottles or containers. This would be dangerous and could result in burns and cause fire.