Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults. Here are some simple safety tips to help ensure we all have a safe holiday.

KEEP COSTUMES BOTH CREATIVE AND SAFE

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

TRICK-OR-TREAT WITH AN ADULT

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

WALK SAFELY

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

DRIVE EXTRA SAFELY ON HALLOWEEN

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

KEEP HOME SAFE FOR VISITING TRICK-OR-TREATERS

  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, everything that children could trip over, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations, should be removed from the porch and front yard.
  • Pets should be restrained so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

REVIEW WITH CHILDREN HOW TO CALL 9-1-1 (OR THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY NUMBER) IF THEY EVER HAVE AN EMERGENCY OR BECOME LOST

Happy Halloween everyone! Have fun and be safe!