Halloween is a fun time to dress up, be with friends and enjoy a little treat. It is also a night to remember to be safe! More kids and teens get hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
As your family prepares for a night of costumes and candy, keep these safety tips in mind.
- Young children should not trick-or-treat alone. Try to go in a group of children with adult supervision.
- Older children should plan a safe route so parents know where they will be at all times as well as when they will be home. Make sure they have a cell phone to contact in case of emergency.
- Make sure you wear reflective tape on your costume or carry a flashlight, or glow stick to make you more visible to cars.
- Do not cut through fields or back alleys. Make sure you stay in populated areas.
- Stop only at houses where the lights are on.
- Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
- Never go into the home or get in the car of a stranger.
- Walk, don’t run. Stay on well-lit streets and walk on the sidewalk. Use a crosswalk when available and never cross the street between cars.
- Always cross the street at the corner and look left – right - left before you cross.
- Make sure your mask fits properly and the eye holes allow you to see fully. Don’t wear a mask that is too lose as it can slip and block your vision. Consider using non-toxic makeup instead.
- Don’t let your costume drag on the ground.
- Only carry flexible knives, swords or other props.
- Stay away from jack o ’lanterns if they have a candle in them.
- Have parents look at the candy you collect throughout the night prior to eating it.
If you have any questions, please contact Banner Children’s Injury Prevention Program at (480) 412-3306.