Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween Safety Tips
Amber Vanaman
Wednesday, October 02, 2019

For parents and children:

-Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.

-Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

-Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

-Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
Walk; don't run, across the street.

For drivers:

-Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are
excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

-Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day
so you can spot children from greater distances.

-Remember that costumes can limit children's visibility and they may not be able
to see your vehicle.

-Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and
your surroundings.

Costumes and Treats

-Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light
colored costumes to improve visibility.

-Choose face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's
vision. Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup.

-Avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects.

-Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as to be
seen by drivers.

-Liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew
on or break them.

-Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them.
Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is