Stay safe this Halloween!
October 18, 2021
It’s that time of year – time for ghosts, goblins, and witches oh my! Halloween is known to be a little spooky, but if you keep these safety tips in mind you should have an enjoyable holiday!
Tips for Trick or Treating
- Carry glow sticks or flashlights to help kids be seen by drivers.
- An adult should join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
- If kids are above the age of 12 make sure they stay in familiar areas and stay with a group of friends.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between cars.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Get rid of any distractions – like your phone – in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.