Halloween is an exciting holiday when we get to wear strange outfits in public without getting stares and eat just a little more candy than we would normally allow. Oh, and it’s also fun for the kids. Whether you are taking the kids trick-or-treating (or taking yourself), passing out candy, or just people-watching, we all need to do our part to make this Friday evening fun and safe for all of the princesses and superheroes out there.
1. Wear reflective tape, glow sticks, lights, or other objects that are visible to drivers. Another option is to wear costumes with light colors to further help drivers see you.
2. Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers and make sure the cars are at a complete stop before crossing in front of them.
3. Use cross walks and traffic signals when crossing a street.
4. Make sure that your costumes are not too long so that nobody trips and falls.
5. Be careful when using electronic devices while trick-or-treating. The sidewalk will likely be crowded and you must be especially alert when crossing the street.
6. Bring a flashlight and extra batteries to use while walking on the dark sidewalk.
7. Masks often do not fit properly and can obstruct the wearer’s vision. Try creative face paint as an alternative.
8. If older kids are trick-or-treating without adult supervision, they should trick- or- treat with a group in well-lit and familiar areas.
9. If you are driving in the evening, be alert and watch for trick-or-treaters, especially in neighborhoods. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and for kids crossing the street without using a crosswalk.
10. If you are expecting trick-or-treaters, make sure you sidewalk is well-lit, especially if you have any steps or cracks in the sidewalk.