While we love the adorable ghosts and goblins along with candy apples and carved out pumpkins, it’s important to keep safety in mind—especially because Halloween is so centered on our little ones. The National Safety Council attributes the increase in traffic-related injuries and fatalities to children rushing into a street or intersection when they weren’t supposed to. In fact, children are four times more likely to be in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than on any other night of the year.
Here Are Some Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween:
Trick or Treat With an Adult
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. 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.
Stay Safe When Walking
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Remove headphones and avoid texting when crossing the street.
- Always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Remind children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Make Wise Costume Choices
- 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 your child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Be Careful When Driving on Halloween
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections.
- Watch for children darting across streets, especially between parked cars.
- Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
- Don’t use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods. A single distraction could lead to a tragedy.
- Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. They could be dropping off children.