Every year, Halloween calls for our neighborhood streets to be filled with ghouls and goblins in search for a trick or treat. What a fun night for our neighborhoods—I have very fond memories of my trick or treat days.
However, with so many more people on the streets, it’s always important to take a few extra safety precautions.
The concept of “darkness” adds to the thrill of Halloween. It happens at night, dark streets, dark clothing, etc… .
Wearing masks can obscure a person’s ability to see what is already harder to see because of the “darkness” thing.
Below are a few tips that everyone can follow on Halloween night:
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks;
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross;
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street;
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them;
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings;
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up;
- Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars; and
- Carry a flashlight and use it when you are crossing the street (you can turn it off when you walk up to a door for treats).
Children should always trick or treat with an adult. Never alone!
If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep your costumes safe!
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;
Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers; and
When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween!
- 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 near curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions (i.e. cell phone) inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and 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. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
EVERYONE, HAVE A SAFE AND FUN HALLOWEEN!!!