Fright night? Not quite.

The Nassau County Red Cross provides a rhyming cheat sheet for a safe Halloween.


Whether you pop into shops on Grand Avenue, or hunt your sweets on the side streets, these tips from the Nassau County Red Cross will ensure your Halloween is more treat than trick.

n Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way home!

n From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights!

n If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door and, please, don’t go inside.

n When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.

n Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark! (And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, skateboards and brooms!)

n Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.

n As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street! (And cross from the corner!)

n Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire!

n Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o'-lantern isn’t a safety gamble!

n You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars! (And don’t hide between parked vehicles).

n Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn, and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on!

n You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

n Have a grown-up inspect your candy when you’re done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating.

The American Red Cross is dedicated to making Long Island a safer place to live, work and play. For more information visit the Nassau Red Cross at 195 Willis Avenue in Mineola, or at