On Halloween night, children fill sidewalks and streets in their neighborhoods. Running door to door with their jack-o-lantern buckets and colorful costumes, the holiday is a fun-filled night. But it can turn dangerous.
Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for children. On average, twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Here are a few simple tips to keep your little ghouls safe on Halloween:
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light-colored clothing.
- Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
- Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
- Stay alert – Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- It’s best to cross the street safely at corners. And always look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.