Whether they are Spiderman, Wonder Woman, a Unicorn, or a Fortnite inspired character, children still need to know how to trick-or-treat safely. Encourage kids to practice these safe habits while out and about this Halloween night.
Watch where you are walking.
Stay on the sidewalks as much as possible. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Avoid walking in streets if possible. Parents, know where your child is going.
Look both ways before crossing the street.
Make sure there are no vehicles coming from either direction. Wait for any cars that are coming to stop before walking in front of them. Never assume that they see you until they stop completely.
Be seen by drivers.
Dusk to dark are times when drivers may have a harder time seeing children walking. It is helpful when the child is holding a flashlight or has on something reflective. According to Progressive, “Be especially careful between 4:00 and 8:00 pm, when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen.” Your trick-or-treater should also be able to see without obstruction as well.
Watch for children walking across the street. Watch for other vehicles pulling over. Watch for any possible hazards.
Communicate with other drivers.
Use turn signal every time you turn. If you are driving your superheroes and unicorns around to gather treats, be sure you are turning on hazard lights when pulling over.
Even if you are house hopping for candy, everyone needs a seat belt or appropriate car seats.
Avoid parking where you will need to back up.
If at all avoidable, do not park in a space that you will need to reverse. There is too much that you cannot see. Children may not realize that you are about to back up and can run behind your car.
Stay safe this Halloween and don’t eat all your candy at once! Happy Halloween from The Brothers in Law!