Get your scare on (safely) this Halloween!
Halloween is upon us and for many kids it is the most anticipated holiday of the year. It’s a night filled with chills and thrills, ghosts and goblins, and of course – tricks and treats!
Kids love getting dressed up to go on the hunt for candy, but it’s also important to remember safety when they head out to navigate the dark and eerie streets. Consider these tips to make sure your family has a fang-tastic evening!
Add some glow to your costumes:
When putting your little one’s costume together, decorate it with reflective tape and stickers. And don’t forget about the candy bag – this is the perfect opportunity to add a little more visibility to your child!
Also, if it’s possible, choose non-toxic face paint over masks, as masks can obstruct a child’s vision.
Extra Spooky Suggestion: Have your kids carry glow sticks or flashlights so they are more visible to drivers.
If you’re walking:
Whether your trick-or-treaters are gliding, slithering or hobbling, make sure they do it safely! You should always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks, and always walk on sidewalks or paths.
When crossing the street, be on the lookout for cars that are turning or backing up and teach your children to never run into the street or cross between parked cars.
Extra Spooky Suggestion: Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of their cars.
If you’re driving:
If you do have to drive on Halloween, be aware of your surroundings (and beware of monsters and mummies!). Drive slowly and double check for children at intersections, especially in residential areas.
Focus entirely on your surroundings and the road in front of you. Put down electronic devices and eliminate any other distractions from your car so you can concentrate.
.Extra Spooky Suggestion: Trick-or-treaters will most likely be out between 5:30pm-9:30pm so pay extra attention during this time.