Everyone loves the magic of Halloween: trick-or-treating, scary costumes, spooky parties, and haunted houses. But for parents and caregivers, there’s a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns.
Here are some safety tips for you and your family to review to ensure a safe (and scary!) all hallows’ eve.
1. Know Your Monsters
There’s safety in numbers, so make sure you’re trick-or-treating with a group of friends or family members. You can even plan out your route—like a candy treasure map—to see who ends up with the biggest loot!
2. Dress to Be Seen
Drivers may be distracted during Halloween, so make sure you can be seen. Bring along glow sticks, flashlights, or attach reflective tape to your costume or candy bag. If possible, walk in well-lit areas so you’re not wandering around in the dark.
3. Look Where You’re Walking
We get it-you’re excited to go from house to house for all that delicious candy, but don’t dart across the street without looking or shamble about with your nose in your phone. Keep your head up and look where you’re walking. The fewer distractions, the better!
4. Candy Caution Is Advised
Let’s face it, candy is one of the best parts of Halloween…just make sure you stick to the wrapped variety. Parents and caregivers of children with food sensitivities should be on high alert. Trick-or-treaters should not accept homemade candy/baked goods to avoid dangerous exposure.
5. Stick To Sidewalks
Plan a route with the fewest street crossings. When possible, use the sidewalk to get from here to there. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
Slow WAY Down
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled and drive below the speed limit when needed.
Do a Double Take
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, or on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Kids are small and not always easily seen—especially if they’re walking around in dark clothing or costumes.
Ditch the Distractions
Eliminate distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Don’t fiddle with your phone or radio—plan your trip ahead of time so you know where you’re going.
Turn on the Lights
Even with the sun still out, turning the headlights on can increase the vehicle’s visibility for others and help drivers avoid pedestrians—particularly if pedestrians are wearing reflective gear.
Watch the Clock
Popular trick-or-treating hours range from 5 to 8 p.m., so be especially alert during those hours.
We care about you and your family’s well-being, which is why we think Halloween safety is so important. Follow these simple tips to stay safe while enjoying the festivities!
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