The night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, is almost upon us. While this is a fun-tastic night for kids in search of candy, they are also more than 2x as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Safety Tips for Keeping Children Safe on Halloween:
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
- Choose face paint instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
Safety Tips for Drivers:
- 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 on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car and concentrate on the road.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and keep your headlights on.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.