Halloween was made for kids. It’s that spooky night each year when they get to dress up, run around, and trick-or-treat till they drop.
But, as parents, we want our kids to be safe while they’re making their confectionary hauls, so here are some tips from safekids.org to help you do just that.
1. Walk Safely. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks, looking left, right and left again. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up, and never dart into the street or cross between parked cars.
2. Trick or Treat With an Adult. Children under age 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. Even kids old enough should stick to familiar, well-lit areas and trick-or-treat in groups.
3. Keep Costumes Creative and Safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colors, if possible. Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. To prevent trips and falls make sure costumes aren’t too big.
4. Drive Extra Safely. Slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Look for kids at intersections, on medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly, and concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Always drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier than usual. Be alert for kids during trick-or-treat hours, typically 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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