It’s the time of year when it’s fun to be frightened, but this safety statistic is downright scary:
Twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
If your ghosts and goblins are getting ready for a candy-seeking trip around the neighborhood, please keep these safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide in mind:
- If possible, include light colors and reflective tape in your costumes and treat bags to increase visibility.
- Consider using makeup or non-toxic face paint instead of masks to make sure kids can see what’s going on around them.
- Avoid potential trips and falls by making sure your costumes are the right size.
- Encourage your trick-or-treaters to carry a flashlight or glow sticks, both to help them see where they’re going and to help drivers see them.
- Children under age 12 should not go out without parental supervision. If your kids are mature enough to trick-or-treat without supervision, remind them to stick to well-lit, familiar areas and to stay in a group.
Walk and Drive Safely
- Cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. Plan your route to keep the number of crossings to a minimum.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing. Keep looking as you cross the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always use sidewalks or paths. If they’re not available, walk facing traffic and stay as far away from traffic as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
As adults, we can stress these safety tips to our trick-or-treaters. We can also drive extra safely on and around Halloween.
- Slow down and be alert in residential areas. Children are excited on Halloween and can be unpredictable.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and along curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate distractions in your car (remember using a hand-held cell phone is now a primary offense in Maryland).
- Drive slowly, anticipate extra pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier than normal so you can spot obstacles or children from a greater distance.
- Keep popular trick-or-treating hours in mind: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.