Stay Alert, Stay Alive: 10 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Happy Halloween! It’s been a spooky season but tonight is the night when millions of trick-or-treaters will prowl the streets in search of candy. While it’s a night for some scary fun, it’s important to remember road and pedestrian safety. Here’s a chilling statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Keep you and your family safe this Halloween with these safety tips for trick-or-treating tonight:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you.
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home.
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.