Halloween is a great opportunity for parents and their children to take to the streets to explore their community and meet their neighbors. However, as little monsters, ghosts, and goblins come out to play on Halloween, kids and parents should take a few extra precautions to remain safe during the spooky night out. While trick-or-treating is a lot of fun and can be a great source of exercise, dark nighttime conditions, distractions, and dark costumes can lead to lower visibility and can create a higher safety risk.  So to help keep you and your little monsters safe, here are some tips to staying safe while out trick or treating and enjoying the holiday festivities:

  • Parents should accompany children and remind them to look out for cars when crossing the street and crossing driveways
  • Be sure to use sidewalks and crosswalks; do not cross midblock or between parked cars
  • Where there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and only cross at corners.
  • Be cautious when stepping out into the street. Don’t ever assume a motorist will see you or your children. Make eye contact before crossing.
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights to help illuminate you and your children and alert drivers
  • Choose lighter colored costumes that are easier for drivers to see or add reflective material
  • Choose costumes that don’t obstruct a child’s ability to see or that create a tripping hazard, such as masks, large hoods, long capes and skirts. If those are part of the costume, consider telling children to remove them or pin them up while walking between houses
  • Do not be distracted – put down the cell phone, stop texting.

Parents, do your part to help ensure Halloween safety by serving as a role model to your children as well as other children throughout your neighborhood by practicing safe pedestrian behavior and following the rules above.

Be safe, be seen, and have a fun and Happy Halloween!!

 

For more information, please visit the following sources:

Consumer Report, “Smart Road Tips for Halloween Safety”

National Safety Council, “Halloween Safety On and Off the Road”

Safe Kids Worldwide, “Halloween Safety Tips”