Halloween is among us – the one day of the year children are allowed to roam the streets dressed in their favorite disguises, scavenging for candy. An exciting time for kids could become a scary time for parents. Here are a few tips to keep the whole family safe this Halloween:
- Texting and walking can be even more dangerous while crossing the street.
- Add reflective materials on your child’s costume such as tape or stickers.
- Have a flashlight handy.
- Correct sizing on children’s costume is important to avoid any potential trip and falls.
- Eat only sealed candy. Homemade treats can be hazardous.
- All children under 12 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home. Instead, wait for the treats at the doorstep.
“Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their children’s Halloween costumes.”
-Safe Kids’ research
Driving on Halloween
- Keep your phones down and your eyes on the road at all times. It’s especially important to be watchful for treat-or-treaters crossing the street.
- Adults can have fun too. Make sure your costume isn’t on while driving. Big shoes and masks should be worn after you arrive at your destination.
- Enter and exit driveways slowly.
- Peak trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
“On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.”
– Safe Kids’ research