Halloween Safety

Trick or treating is a cherished Halloween tradition -- but the combination of so many children on the streets and drivers unused to looking out for pedestrians can have deadly consequences. More than twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. than during the same hours of any other day of the year, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study. 

Here are some safety tips to consider:

FOR TRICK OR TREATERS AND THEIR PARENTS:

  • Children under 12 should trick or treat with an adult.
  • Remember to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Cross at corners and watch out for cars backing up or turning.
  • Try to wear light-colored costumes. It helps to have your children carry glow sticks, bring flashlights or wear reflective tape or slap bands.
  • A costume shouldn’t be so long that a child can trip over it. In addition, face paint or makeup is always preferable to a mask that can limit a child’s vision.
  • Avoid having your child carry sharp costume props.

FOR DRIVERS:

  • Turn on your headlights earlier in the day.
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Enter and exit driveways slowly.
  • Remember that just because you can see a child, it doesn’t mean the child sees you.
  • Don’t drive distracted! Put down the smartphone and take out the ear buds.
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