While many parents routinely inspect the pounds of tempting loot brought home each Halloween, it’s important to
keep in mind that candy tampering isn't the biggest concern kids’ face on this increasingly popular holiday, it’s
Safe driving is important any time of the year, but motorists should be especially alert and exercise extreme
caution on Halloween. In the excitement of the holiday, children may forget the rules and may dart out in front
of a car unexpectedly or forget to cross the street at crosswalks. In addition, their dark clothing can also make
them more difficult to see.
Travel at a Safe Speed
Driving on Halloween night can be very distracting so remember to stay alert and keep your eyes on the road.
Back out of driveways very slowly and move out of any side streets and alleyways carefully. Use extra caution
when traveling in busy neighborhoods and travel at a safe speed.
Oversee the Outing
If your children will be going trick-or-treating this year, make sure that an adult or older responsible youth
will be supervising the outing. Adults and children should carry flashlights and use reflective strips so that
you are more visible to motorists. Always walk on the sidewalks and stay in well lit neighborhoods. Never allow
children to walk in the streets or in alleyways.
Talk to children beforehand about safety, reminding them to cross the street at crosswalks and corners and to
never cross between parked cars. Avoid cutting across yards or driveways and only approach well lit houses.
Clear the Outdoor Clutter
It’s also important to get your home and yard prepared before the trick-or-treaters make their way to your house.
Start by removing items from the steps and walkways that could be tripped over such as toys, hoses, flower pots or
bicycles. Sweep wet leaves from the sidewalk, porch and steps to prevent slips and falls.
If your town has trick-or-treating hours at night, be sure to brighten the way by turning on all outside lights.
If you don’t regularly use your porch and outdoor lights, check them the week before to make sure they are working
properly. Keep your pets inside and properly restrain them to ensure their safety and the safety of trick-or-treaters
when you open your front door.
For more safety information, refer to this article, This Halloween, Stay Safe from Scary Surprises.