This Halloween, neighbourhoods all across the country will be buzzing with excitement — the kids will be getting their costumes on, and adults will be prepping bowls of tasty treats for little visitors. It’s guaranteed to be a fun night!
However, it’s also important to remember that Halloween safety plays a role in the day’s events too. Here are a few tips for ensuring a safe and happy Halloween night!
1) Practice Driving Awareness
If you need to drive anywhere on Halloween after 5pm, it’s a good idea to slow down and take extra caution while on the roads—especially if you’re driving anywhere residential. Drive under the speed limit, and allow yourself a little extra time to get to your destination.
An even better plan would be to avoid driving at all between 6-9pm, as this is when the majority of trick-or-treaters are walking around outside. Children are also known to dart out from between parked vehicles, so approach all obstructions with extra care.
And tonight, of all times, put away that cellphone! We all know it’s illegal to use a handheld device while driving, but we also know that some people still are not following the law. If there was ever a time to put down the phone, it’s Halloween night, when children and parents are outside walking around. The excitement of the evening can make children unpredictable, so drivers need to be alert and fully engaged with their surroundings.
2) Practice Costume Awareness
As a parent, you want to ensure that your child has the best experience possible this Halloween. Whether you’re planning to accompany your child or if they’re going with friends, talk to your child about outdoor, nighttime safety.
If your child is heading out with friends, plan a route that’s close to home. Give your child a check-in time for their return, and ensure they have a watch or cellphone to keep track of the time. Emphasize the importance of approaching only well-lit houses, and remind them to never enter a stranger’s house for any reason.
Because there’s reduced visibility as the night grows darker, consider equipping your child with a flashlight and ensuring that any dark costumes have reflective tape to help drivers see your child when they’re crossing the road.
Another point of consideration is the use of masks. If your child’s costume includes a mask, ensure that they will have a clear, unobstructed view while walking—or at the very least, instruct your child to raise the mask while walking anywhere so that they don’t trip or fall.
3) Practice Self-Awareness
Halloween isn’t just fun for kids… plenty of adults have fun too! But the night can only be a success if you arrive home safely afterward.
If you plan to attend a party or a gathering where there will be alcohol, make arrangements ahead of time to get a ride home or to take a cab.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the day and forget about everything else, but keeping these safety tips in mind can help to ensure that Halloween comes and goes with smiles on everyone’s faces!
Happy Halloween from your friends at Staebler!