Safety tips to have less tricks and more treats on Halloween


Halloween is usually an exciting day and night for kids to dress up and of course collect lots of candy.

If you take your kids out trick-or-treating, hopefully there’s no tricks and far more treats.

“If they’re going to trick-or-treat outdoors they should travel in small groups, well lit areas, carry flashlights and wear costumes that are not too restrictive for their movement as well as able to be seen at night,” Officer Aaron Moss from Minot Police Department’s crime prevention said.

With that advice, the Bismarck Police Department have some tips as well.

Along with your flashlights, BPD encourages parents and kids to stick some reflective tape onto costumes.

If wearing a mask, take it off or lift it up to look both ways before crossing the street.

 Also cross only at corners and never between parked cars or in the middle of the block.

Parents in the area seemed to be pretty up to speed with what kind of safety measures they take on Halloween night.

“I just make sure she’s lit up and doesn’t leave my sight,” parent Pam Laun said.

Andi Mcnicholes said, “going out trick-or-treating in groups, making sure that there’s a parent with you or somebody older. Staying in safe neighborhoods, dressing warm for the elements and just making sure to go to familiar places.”

“I always just check the candy, if there’s anything that I think is kind of gross or maybe the kids shouldn’t be eating like gummies, I don’t like gummies they get stuck in their teeth,” Jordan Streeter said.

“Just don’t let them leave your sight,” another mom, Liz High, said.

BPD also notes that if there is no sidewalk where you’re at, to remember to walk facing traffic so you see oncoming vehicles, and they can see you too.

When it comes to candy, just be sure to sort through it all before you or the kids indulge.

If you choose to opt out of outdoor trick or treating, here are some alternative events going on in your area.

Halloween Open House, Camp Hancock Historic Site, 6-9pm
Trick or Treat at Tuscany Square, downtown. 8am-5pm
Trunk or Treat/ Halloween Party, New Song Church. 5-8pm
Trick or Treating at Bain Agency, 12-5pm
Grace Point Fall Fest, 6-9pm. 
Trunk or Treat at Vibra Hosptial, Mandan. 4-6pm
Spooky Bookmobile, Mandan Library. 3-7pm
Trick or Treating, Kirkwood Mall. 6-8pm,  for kids 12 & under —  no masks. 
Trunk or Treat, First Lutheran Church of Mandan, 5-730pm
Trick or Treat at the Nursing Home off Sunset in Mandan- a Prospera Community. 530-630pm

5th Annual Trick or Trunk, downtown
West River Ice SCREAM Party, West River Ice center
6th Annual BooHawks, Wienbergen Hall DSU
Trick or Treat Drive-Thru, Stark Development Corp/Dickinson Chamber
5th Annual Treat Street, Dickinson Rural Fire Hall

Edgewood Vista senior living community, trick-or-treating for kids ages 10 and under, 3:30-5pm.
Minot Optimist’s Club 35th Halloween family party, 5-8pm.
Dakota Square Mall, trick-or-treating 5:30-7pm

Teton Trail of Treats, WSC, 2:00-5pm
Trail of Treats downtown, 2:30-5:30pm
Trunk or Treat, New Hope Church 6:30-8:30 pm
All City Halloween Party, ARC, 5:30-8:30 for kids in preK-6th grade


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