Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids and we all want to keep it that way. As a parent, you should be aware that there are dangers on Halloween and make steps to lessen the risks to your kids. Unfortunately, the risk of kids being hit by a vehicle on Halloween are over two times as high as any other day of the year. That is a pretty serious statistic. How can you go about keeping your young trick or treaters safe? Here are a few steps:

  1. Accompany your children on Halloween while they are out in the neighborhood or see to it that a responsible adult will be with your child’s group.
  2. Lighter colored costumes are easier for drivers to see. You can also add reflective tape to candy bags or to the costumes themselves to aid in visibility..
  3. Try to keep to well lit streets and sidewalks..
  4. Let your kids know not to assume that all drivers see them or that drivers assume that pedestrians have th right of way.
  5. Check that your kids can see through their masks. Lots of masks can prevent peripheral vision..
  6. Take along flashlights and cell phones.
  7. Groups are better. A large group of kids is always going to be easier for drivers to see.
  8. Insist on safety while crossing streets. Let your kids know not to take chances with oncoming traffic.
  9. Drivers: Slow down. Keep your lights on even if it is still light out.