Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year for keiki. Children dress up in costumes and venture excitedly throughout their neighborhoods searching for their next sweet treat.
Although this is a fun annual tradition, children can easily overlook safety while trick-or-treating.
Consider these tips to ensure your Halloween is safe and scare-free whether your family is trick-or-treating, or you are handing out candy that evening:
Be visible at night
With trick-or-treaters abound at night, drivers have a harder time seeing their surroundings when it’s dimly lit. Be sure your child’s costume is visible to motorists as best as possible. Carry a flashlight or wear bright reflective material, so drivers can easily spot you and your children.
Keep an eye on your own trick-or-treater
According to SafeKids.org, twice the number of children are killed on Halloween than any other day of the year while walking. If your child is under the age of 12, he or she should always be supervised by an adult to ensure safety while out and about, especially when crossing the street. Trick-or-treat as a group and set boundaries for your kids on how far they can roam in their neighborhood.
Drive with caution
SafeKids.org reminds drivers to be extremely attentive and cautious on Halloween especially in neighborhood areas around the peak trick-or-treating time of 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please refrain from using your cell phone or any electronic devices that distract you from the road.
Keep your property safe for visitors
If you’re giving out candy this Halloween, make sure your property is safe and secure for the little visitors. That includes keeping your property well-lit and storing away hoses, home improvement tools and equipment, and toys to prevent trick-or-treaters from trips and falls.
DTRIC wants everyone to have a safe and SPOOK-tacular Halloween!