Halloween Self-Defense and Safety Tips

Halloween Self-Defense and Safety Tips

Property damage, personal crimes, theft and violence tend to peak during the few weeks leading up to Halloween and especially during October 31st between the hours of 6:00pm and 2:00am on November 1st.

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Learn from these Halloween self-defense and safety tips to make sure that you have a fun night and not a scary one...

Let's face it, Halloween is a really fun time of the year for all ages. However, bad people like to do bad things on Halloween as well. Think about it...

  • there's tons of kids running around without their parents
  • adult supervision is at an all time low for the year
  • the fun doesn't start until it is dark outside
  • bad guys and trouble makers can where costumes to hide their identity
  • the opportunity to get away with crime is at an all time high when you're disguised

Also, statistics show that there is a peak in crime and acts of violence every season during Halloween. It's true!

Property damage, personal crimes, theft and violence tend to peak during the few weeks leading up to Halloween and especially during October 31st between the hours of 6:00pm and 2:00am on November 1st.


Car Accidents on Halloween

Statistics show that on Halloween, children between the ages of 5 and 14 are four times more likely to be killed by a car than any other day of year. This is even increased due to alcohol related crimes.

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10 Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween


  • Make sure to keep your yard and sidewalk clear of any obstacles so children do not fall.
  • Keep your house well lit inside and out.
  • Have neighbors and local citizens patrol the community.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police or sheriff’s office.
  • Try makeup instead of masks as they are more comfortable and do not obstruct the vision of children.
  • Check to make sure costumes are flame retardant so young ones are safe around jack o lanterns, candles, and other flames.
  • Keep costumes short to ensure that children do not fall.
  • Look for brightly colored costumes or attach reflector trips to costumes and bags.
  • Older children should trick or treat in groups.
  • If a costume involves a fake weapon, make sure it is of flexible material.


Crime Prevention Month and Halloween

October is Crime Prevention Month and also the month in which Halloween is celebrated. Learn how to celebrate both together. Read more here...

Although children look forward to tricks, treats, and ghoulish garb, Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.

The activities below focus on Halloween, which is celebrated in the last week of October. The efforts throughout the month generate enthusiasm for crime prevention so it can grow stronger and become more widespread.

To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you, and your house stay safe, remember the following tips.

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
  • Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local citizen’s group to haunt (patrol) your community.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police or sheriff’s department.


Halloween crime at a glance

Halloween scare: Criminals wear masks, too

Be aware of the person behind the mask.

Police officers in Orlando have reported that around Halloween every year an uptick in crime occurs by criminals wearing Halloween masks. In Florida, this has included two men with gorilla masks pistol-whipping a man depositing money at a credit union and two robbers wearing Halloween masks stabbing a man behind a restaurant, according to the Orlando Sentinel.


Law-enforcement officials say they see an uptick in crimes committed by people wearing Halloween masks about this time every year.

October 29, 2010 / By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel Halloween is a fun time for sugar-hungry kids, but it's also an opportunity for criminals to get dressed up.

Law-enforcement officials say they see an uptick in crimes committed by people wearing Halloween masks about this time every year.

Just last week, for example, two armed robbers — one wearing a plastic Halloween mask with wild hair — burst into a Third Fifth Bank on South Orange Blossom Trail and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Read more here...

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Probing even deeper into the worrisome pattern, we see in the hour-by-hour chart above that the incidence of Halloween-night violence peaks in the early evening. The most popular hours for gathering Snickers and Junior Mints around the neighborhood are apparently also the prime time for violent crime.

During the rest of the year, by contrast, crime incidence rises throughout the evening hours, not peaking until just before midnight.


Will your kids be getting candy from Sex Offenders?

Oh, yeah, you forgot about those guys (and gals) didn't you? Chances are that some of them live in your neighborhood or will be participating in local "trunk or treats" near your house or at your local shopping mall... Or even at your church.

This is a good time to look up your local sex offender list to see where they live in your neighborhood or in your local city. Some cities think a lot about this issue and they take it into consideration on Halloween. But chances are that your city does not and they're leaving it completely up to you to take care of on your own.

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For instance: The City of Orange had the safety of its children in mind when it passed an ordinance saying that sex offenders must post signs on their doors on Halloween to keep trick-or-treaters from knocking there. According to the L.A. Times, the city ordinance required these offenders to place a sign on their door at least 12-by-24 inches in size reading: ‘No candy or treats at this residence.’ Repercussions for failing to do so included a possible $1,000 fine or a year in jail. 

As well, sex offenders are not allowed to wear masks or costumes, cannot participate in any related Halloween activities and are prohibited from opening their doors to trick-or-treaters. “There is certainly nothing more frightening than the thought of one of these men opening their door to innocent children,” a state patrol source is quoted as saying in the article. Finally, all sex offenders must be in their homes from 3 p.m. Oct. 31st to 6 a.m. Nov. 1. Offenders who do not follow these rules could have their parole revoked and be sent back to prison. Read more here...


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Some places, like Tempe Arizona, say that although crime occurring on Halloween dropped eight percent from 2010 to 2011, theft, vandalism and simple assault have remained the most frequently-occurring crimes in Tempe on Halloween.

In fact, in 2011, theft accounted for 20.7 percent of crime in the city, according to the East Valley Tribune. In 2010, simple assault topped the list, accounting for 19.1 percent of all crimes. Of course, alcohol-related incidents are also common, particularly in the city’s Mill Street area and near the Arizona State University campus, and fights that occur at these can lead to charges such as simple assault. 


Does the Crime Rate Spike on Halloween?

October 31, 2013: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor James Alan Fox argued that from 2006 to 2009, the vio­lent crime rates for Boston, Mass., spiked on three dates each year: New Year’s Day, Inde­pen­dence Day and Halloween.

Writing for the "Crime and Pun­ish­ment” blog at Boston​.com in 2011, Fox stated that not only was Hal­loween a hor­rible time for crim­inal activity, it was the worst. Read more here...

"The evening vio­lent crime count on October 31 is about 50 per­cent higher than on any other date during the year, and twice the daily average,” wrote Fox. “The most pop­ular hours for gath­ering Snickers and Junior Mints around the neigh­bor­hood are appar­ently also the prime time for vio­lent crime."

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