Halloween is a favorite holiday for ghouls and goblins of all ages. Unfortunately, Halloween can also be dangerous with so many people moving about near roadways. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), children are twice as likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than any other single day of the year. In 2017, October had the second highest number of motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700 deaths across the U.S.
So, how do you keep your family safe on Halloween? Here are some roadway safety tips to keep your Halloween spooky, safe, and fun.
Roadway Safety Tips to Keep Halloween Spooky, Safe, and Fun
No matter what your Halloween plans include, consider these tips to ensure that everyone around you is as safe as possible.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips:
- Before trick-or-treating, establish a route and discuss it with your kids
- Never let children go trick-or-treating without adult supervision
- Agree on a time for all trick-or-treaters to meet back home
- Advise your kids (all ages) never to enter a stranger’s home
- Make sure trick-or-treaters carry flashlights and stay in well-lit areas
- Advise kids and teenagers to avoid looking down or being distracted by electronics
Safety Tips for Motorists:
- Watch for children walking near the roadway, on curbs, on sidewalks, or in medians
- Enter and exit driveways carefully and be aware of surroundings
- As daylight fades, be mindful of dark clothing and costumes that may be difficult to spot
- Advise new or inexperienced drivers to avoid driving on Halloween night
- Avoid distractions while driving, such as electronics, food, or mobile devices
By using these tips, you can ensure that your entire family has a fantastically spooky, safe, and fun Halloween.