Halloween is a spooky & special time of year for our little ghosts and goblins. Laughter, trick or treating, candy and great memories are the themes of October 31st . With less than two weeks until Halloween, it is time to think about making it as safe and sane as possible because, as the saying goes “it is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt”.
Avoid the hurt by helping kids pick the right costume, keeping these safety tips in mind:
- Avoid long costumes that your trick or treaters can trip on
- No high heels or too-big shoes
- Avoid black costumes, choose bright colors and enhance them use reflective strips
- No matter the costumes, put glow stick bracelets and necklaces on your children to make them more visible
- Avoid popular unitard costumes, as they make visibility and breathing difficult for young ghosts
- Use makeup on faces instead of masks, so children can see more clearly
- Make sure accessories, don’t have sharp edges
Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so expect more people out and more cars on the roads. Safety experts suggest parents talk and train their kids before the night of Halloween, when let’s be honest, they are too excited to really listen. Experts suggest taking kids out in the neighborhood they will be canvassing and do a “run through” – that way, both parent and child know what to expect. In addition, share the following safety tips with your kiddos.
- Carry a flashlight at all times
- Cross at corners, using traffic signals or crosswalks
- Look both ways before crossing roads
- Do not walk and text, particularly in roadways
- Make eye contact with driver before crossing in front of their vehicle
- Walk on sidewalks or paths
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up
- Do not enter street from between parked cars
- Stay in groups and have at least one phone that is fully charged in case of emergency
If you are driving on Halloween, be aware that prime trick or treating hours are from 5:30-9:30, slow down and be alert especially in residential neighborhoods. Taking a few precautions will hopefully keep all the scares more imaginary than real.
Oh yeah, from all of us at Adopt-A-Highway remind them to make it a LITTER-FREE Halloween! Have a spooktacular time!