Halloween is the time of year when children’s imaginations get to run wild and they are rewarded with candy. All of the excitement around the holiday can have children forgetting the valuable safety lessons they’ve learned all year. Before sending kids out to go trick or treating, it’s important to remind them of hazards and to remind them of pedestrian safety practices.
Although trick or treating safety is normally aimed at children and parents, motorists should also be especially careful because there will be a large number of pedestrians on the streets on Halloween night. Follow these safety tips to be well prepared for the little ghouls and goblins.
- Watch for children running out from between parked cars.
- Enter and exit alley ways carefully as there may be pedestrians present.
- Never use a cell phone (texting or handheld) while driving.
- Look for children crossing at non-cross walk locations and walking along roadways.
- If you know any young or inexperienced drivers, dissuade them from driving on Halloween night.
- Choose bright costumes so that children will be visible to passing motorists. If costumes are dark, attach reflective tape to the costume and bags to be safe.
- Choose costumes that fit smaller. If a costume is too long it can be a tripping hazard and long sleeves are a fire hazard around candles and jack-o-lanterns.
- Avoid using masks as part of costumes because they can limit eyesight. Use non-toxic make up and hats as an alternative to masks.
- If masks are worn, make sure that the mask has large eye openings and ask children to remove masks before crossing the street.
- All accessories (such as swords) should all be made of soft, flexible material so children don’t injure themselves or other children.
Trick or Treating Safety:
- Give each child a flashlight so that they are visible to passing motorists.
- Children should be accompanied by at least one trusted adult while trick or treating. Children who trick or treat alone or with a friend are susceptible to predators and bullying by other children. If children are older, you can follow along at a distance.
- Tell children to stay in well light areas and to only visit houses that have outdoor lights on. A good rule is to only visit houses with decorations.
- Tell children to never enter houses or cars while trick or treating.
- Tell children not to eat candies while trick or treating. Once they return home, look through candy and throw out anything that is not commercially wrapped. If a package looks torn or tampered with throw it out. If anything is suspicious, notify the police.
- Avoid giving young children candies that may be chocking hazards such hard candies or chewy candies.