5 Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
Each year in communities across the nation, millions of youngsters eagerly await October 31. The pageantry of Halloween creates some of the fondest childhood memories, as kids get to enjoy school parties, community festivals, local haunted houses, and of course, the main event: trick-or-treating! For a child, nothing quite equals dressing up in their favorite costume and going door to door collecting candy and other goodies with family, friends, and neighbors.
While Halloween is indeed a fun and exciting time of year, the increase in pedestrian traffic on the streets at night raises a number of safety issues. Statistics show that children are more than twice as likely to be struck by an automobile and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Here are five ways you can help ensure that trick-or-treaters stay safe this Halloween.
- Wear Highly Visible Costumes
Though dark colors can be an essential part to any spooky Halloween get-up, it is often difficult for motorists to see young children who blend in with the black of night. Children should plan a costume that features bright and reflective material that is easy for drivers to see. Also, equipping kids with flashlights and glowsticks and decorating trick-or-treat bags with reflective tape can be helpful ways to maximize visibility.
- Supervise Children Ages 12 and Under
Any young children out on Halloween night should have a responsible adult to supervise them. For teenage trick-or-treaters, it is best to stay in a group of friends and to remain in a local, familiar area.
- Practice Pedestrian Safety
If you’re walking around a neighborhood at night, try to stay on a well-lit sidewalk at all times and to avoid walking directly on the road. It is safest to walk on the side of the street facing the nearest traffic. Even in designated crosswalks, you should check both ways before proceeding and hold your child’s hand until you both get to the other side.
- Be Extra Cautious While Driving
The unusually high amount of foot traffic on Halloween night means motorists should take extra precaution while on the roads. In neighborhoods especially, you should go even slower than the posted speed limit and keep your eyes on the road at all times.
Distracted driving is dangerous enough on normal nights, but add hundreds of children running around the streets, and the results could be tragic.
- Inspect All Candy
While on the trick-or-treat trail, it may be tempting for a young one to enjoy their candy stash early. However, it is important that an adult inspects all food items in a well-lit area before consuming. Also, do not accept any candy that isn’t sealed in its original packaging, and if something doesn’t look right, it’s better to be safe than sorry—just throw it out!
From everyone at Zinda Law Group, we wish you and yours a safe and memorable Halloween!