For young children, this night is one of the best in the year. Trick or treating should be fun but can be dangerous if you aren’t careful. Here are some tips to stay safe during trick or treating tonight.
Safety While Walking
- Use traffic lights where possible and cross at street corners.
- Keep looking as you cross the street for cars that may not see you.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there is no sidewalk, walk so you are facing traffic and can see oncoming
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up while trick or treating.
Don’t Trick or Treat Alone
- Children under the age of 12 years old should trick or treat with an adult at all times. If your kids are mature enough and over the age of 12, make sure they trick or treat in a group or with another person. Try to avoid your child trick or treating or walking alone.
Driving During Halloween
- Slow down while driving through the neighborhood. Children are having fun and are excited and may not see you. Be extra aware of kids walking and running from house to house.
- Take extra time at crosswalks, intersections, and corners where children will cross.
- Turn off your cell phone and eliminate any distractions while driving during trick or treating hours.
- Most towns trick or treat during the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm. Be aware of heavy pedestrian traffic during these hours.
- Decorate your child’s costume and bags with reflective tape, flashing strobe or give them a flashlight.
- Choose face paint instead of masks. Masks are cute but can obstruct their vision.
- Make sure your child’s costume is the correct size to prevent tripping hazards.
- Put signs up and extra lights to show that you are open during trick or treating hours.
- Participate in town-wide trick or treating programs.
- Make your decorations fun, but not too scary for little kids will be some of your patrons.
- This is also a time that you can hand out promotional gifts like pens and pencils with candy.
Happy Halloween and have a fun and safe night!