Be Safe – Be Seen for a Safe Halloween
Make Halloween a Safe and Fun-filled Holiday
by Taking a Few Simple Precautions
Choose a costume that fits well and does not cause a trip or fall. Make sure costumes include white or bright colors like bright yellow, blaze orange, or day-glow green to make you more visible to others. You can also add reflective tape or stickers on your costume or treat bag. Remember to take along a flashlight. The flashlight will light the sidewalk or path and make it easier for drivers to see you. Avoid using masks that may limit your ability to see and opt for makeup instead to enhance your Halloween character.
A parent or adult should accompany children traveling through the neighborhood. Children and adults should always follow safe pedestrian rules, such as:
- Cross at corners using traffic signs, signals, and crosswalks.
- STOP at the curb or edge of the road and Look Left, Look Right, and Look Left again before entering the street.
- Always walk on a sidewalk and watch for cars backing out of driveways.
- When sidewalks are not present walk facing traffic along the side of a well-lit roadway. Walk single file and avoid walking into the roadway.
- Never dart into a street or enter the street in the middle of a block.
Drivers are encouraged to slow down and look for children as they participate in Halloween activities. Be alert for children and families walking through neighborhoods as they are Trick or Treating. Be aware that some children may try to cross the street mid-block or enter the road between parked cars. Always come to a complete stop at stop signs and yield the right of way to pedestrians. Keep your phone down and avoid distractions including the radio or Bluetooth connected music while you are driving so you can watch and listen for pedestrians.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY EVENTS
Check local event schedules for “Trail of Treats” events at indoor Malls and Shopping Centers or “Trunk or Treat” events often scheduled at Parks or closed off parking lots. These events are often scheduled by local organizations during daytime hours and provide a safe place to join in safe Halloween gatherings!