Halloween Safety Tips: Trick or Treat Safely

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With Halloween coming up, it’s time to start thinking about how to safely go trick-or-treating in your neighborhood with your kids. While going door-to-door as a family to collect candy from your neighbors in your colorful costumes is certainly a lot of fun, it’s important to remember to stay careful while you’re at it!

Take a look at some of the top safety tips for Halloween so you can make sure your kids have a fun, safe holiday

Watch for Traffic

One of the biggest dangers when it comes to trick-or-treating is crossing the street. When there are a large number of children walking around busy neighborhoods, things can get dangerous if drivers passing through aren’t paying attention. All it takes is a careless driver not watching where they’re going for tragedy to strike.

This is why many parents prefer to do their trick-or-treating earlier in the evening before the sun goes down. That way, it’s easier for drivers to see children walking across the street.

Make sure that you’re chaperoning your kids if they’re under 12. If they’re old enough to make their way around themselves, remind them to keep their eyes peeled for cross-traffic. Kids should be careful to walk, not run, across the road, and should be mindful of darting between parked cars.

Costume Selection

Dark-colored costumes are popular on Halloween, but it’s important that you use reflective tape on your children’s candy bags or on the backs of their costumes to make them more visible to drivers. Similarly, while kids love to wear masks with their Halloween outfits, try to encourage them to not wear masks that will obscure their vision. This could make it harder for them to see crossing traffic!

If any of your kids have costumes with elaborate masks, make sure to remind them to take them off before they cross the street so they can look for cross traffic.

For Drivers

If you’re driving on Halloween night, you should be keeping your eyes peeled for any children out trick-or-treating. Drive cautiously in residential areas, don’t make any sudden turns or fast maneuvers, and double-check behind you before you back up if you’re leaving a driveway or getting off of the shoulder of the road.

Just be aware that children often don’t observe these safety tips and will, inevitably, run headlong into the street in a mad dash to get to the next house. Do your best to drive slowly, be prepared to stop, and make sure you have a safe and fun Halloween.