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!

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Safety tips to keep your little ones safe this Halloween!

Tips for Trick or Treating

  1. Carry glow sticks or flashlights to help kids be seen by drivers.
  2. An adult should join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
  3. If kids are above the age of 12 make sure they stay in familiar areas and stay with a group of friends.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  6. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  7. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between cars.

Costume Tips

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Driving Tips

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Get rid of any distractions – like your phone – in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Check out our friends at Southwest Ohio Parent for trick or treat times and extra safety information! And of course be sure to check out Jack O’Lantern Junction for more trick or treating fun! 🙂