Halloween can be such an exciting time for the kiddos. Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house are all fun activities that are unique to this time of year. But for parents, often there a little extra fright when it comes to the safety of their children. There is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
Here’s a scary statistic: children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, the month of October was actually the second highest in motor vehicle deaths, with 3,700 incidences. To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, strictly follow these proven safety tips.
Before the Halloween madness is in full swing, you can take proactive steps to promote safety. It is smart to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards. Keep these in mind:
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
- Avoid masks that make it difficult to see.
- If your children are going to be out after dark, make sure they are highly visible by fastening reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks.
- When using Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it on a small area first. Remove all makeup before children go to bed.
When They’re on the Prowl
Throughout trick-or-treating time, be sure that:
- You have a plan! A responsible adult should always accompany young children on neighborhood rounds. If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time children should return home.
- Your children practice cautious endeavors. Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car. Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends. Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home. Children and adults should put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, never run, across the street.
To The Drivers
Anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours should:
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys with caution
- At dusk and later in the evening, stay alert for children in dark clothing
- If at all possible, newer, inexperienced drivers should avoid driving on Halloween.