Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

October 28, 2022
Contact: Beth Cefalu, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY, - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want to help ensure that all trick-or-treaters have a safe and fun holiday.

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for the County's children. While dressing up and going trick or treating is fun, there are risks! It's the responsibility of parents and caregivers to make sure that Halloween is also safe.

"Trick-or-treaters need adult supervision, even if they travel in groups. Children should have a good meal before trick-or-treating, so they are not tempted to eat their treats before an adult checks them. Additionally, ensure that children never eat open or unwrapped treats and consider offering non-edible goodies to trick–or–treaters," said Dr. Ruppert.

On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. The good news is that traffic deaths and injuries are preventable if drivers and trick-or-treaters share the road safely.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest you and your children follow these tips for a safe and fun Halloween:

S Swords, knives, and similar costume extras should be short, soft, and flexible.
A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups with a trusted adult.
F Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them, and limit the amount of
  treats you eat.

H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye
L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. Always
   walk, don't run, from house to house.
L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to see clearly and prevent trips and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from
N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

If you are considering about using face paint on your child, it is important to note that many of these products are imported and may contain lead or other toxic chemicals. Under the law, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval before they reach store shelves, with the exception of color additives. For more information, visit the FDA website at

For more information about Halloween safety, visit the CDC website at