Halloween Safety Tips 2018

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.