Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to trick-or-treating! On average, children are twice more likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. Fortunately, there are numerous tips to ensure that yourself and your child can have a safe Halloween experience. Here are some ways you and your children can be safe this Halloween:
Use the buddy system:
Have children stay within your group or with a trusted adult. Join kids under the age of 12 for trick-or-treating.
Make yourself noticeable:
Have your child wear reflective tape or bright colors. Carry a glow stick or flashlight so drivers are aware of children in the dark.
Where to trick-or-treat:
Go to well-lit homes that you know. Tell children to never go up to a house alone, especially if there are no lights on. Do not go inside anyone’s house unless advised it is safe by a trusted adult.
Be safe as you go:
Have designated check-in times with your child (if they are not going out with a trusted adult and just their friends). Have a designated meeting spot if you get separated from your child. Also, remind children to use the sidewalk and crosswalk.
Tell children to not talk to anyone they don’t know. Check candy first before eating it. Go over ‘Reporting vs Tattling’. If your child is approached by someone that makes them feel uncomfortable, tell them to report it to a trusted adult.
These tips can help make your Halloween night a little less frightening and a little more fang-tastic!