Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year, where costumed revelers take to the streets across the country in search of fun and an overabundance of candy. Whether it’s Trick-Or-Treating with the kids or attending a Halloween themes costume party, there’s plenty of fun to be had at the end of October no matter how you celebrate the holiday. But while you’re out there enjoying this sugary sweet evening, it’s important to remember that holiday events increase the risk for both driver and pedestrian related accidents. In fact, the CDC reports that pedestrian accidents involving children specifically are four times as likely on Halloween than any other day of the year. To help keep yourself and those around you safe this holiday season, keep these tips in mind to make sure your Halloween is full of fun instead of fright.
- Wear bright or light colored costumes.
- Make sure costumes are flame-resistant
- Avoid masks that cover the eyes and make it hard to see
- Plan your route and start out early.
- Use a sidewalk whenever available. If you have to walk on the street, walk on the edge of the road facing any potential oncoming traffic.
- Only visit homes with a porch light on.
- Never enter a home to accept treats.
- Exercise caution around pets.
- Put away electronic devices during trick-or-treating.
- Walk, don’t run, from house to house.
- Children under the age of 12 should always be supervised by an adult.
- Keep porch light on to welcome trick-or-treaters
- Have candy ready at the door, do not invite visitors inside.
- Sweep leaves from sidewalk and steps and remove any major obstacles and hazards
- Make sure the area is well lit.
- Restrain any pets and keep them away from trick-or-treaters
- Be extra alert when driving, trick-or-treating starts early!
- Enter intersections, driveways, and alleys slowly and carefully
- Eliminate distractions while driving to help you stay alert.
- Don’t wear a mask while driving.
- Stay extra alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Look for trick-or-treaters wearing dark colors.