Attorney General Alerts

    Fewer Tricks and More Treats This Halloween

    October 19, 2016

    Halloween will be here before we know it. Many children and families are ready for the many activities that surround Halloween, including costume parties, haunted houses, hay rides and, of course, trick-or-treating. But parents should remember some key steps to take to keep their children safe during these fun activities.

    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to remind families of precautions to take to have a safe, fun trick-or-treating outing.

    “Boys and girls are dreaming of dressing up as superheroes, first responders and Disney characters at the end of this month,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Trick-or-treating should be a fun, care-free night for the youngest Arkansans, but, as adults, we need to remember there are things we can do to keep them safe.”

    Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to parents to avoid unexpected and unnecessary Halloween scares:

    • Select flame-resistant materials, masks, beards and wigs and try to avoid baggy sleeves and billowing skirts.
    • Choose costumes with light or bright colors whenever possible, or trim a darker costume with reflective tape. Consider also having children carry a flashlight to make sure they can see and are visible to drivers.
    • To avoid tripping and falling, choose costumes that fit well and do not drag on the ground. Make sure masks fit securely, have adequate ventilation and provide unobstructed views. Consider applying make-up to children’s faces instead of selecting loose-fitting masks.
    • Swords, knives and other accessories should be made of soft and flexible materials.
    • Take children to familiar neighborhoods and approach only homes with outside lighting.
    • Remind children of everyday safety rules, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing streets and crossing with the light when they are trick-or-treating.
    • Adults should always accompany small children to caution them against running into streets and across lawns or driveways. Children should use sidewalks where available.
    • Encourage children to wait until they get home to eat candy so adults can inspect the goodies.
    • Parents should throw away any treats that are not commercially wrapped or appear to be tampered with.

    Rutledge also reminds drivers to keep an eye out for children darting out from between parked cars or walking on roadways, curbs or streets. Motorists should also enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully and watch attentively for children in dark clothing at dusk.

    For more information about consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or or visit or

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