It’s the spookiest time of year! But we want to make sure the costumes and decorations are the only scary things out there on Halloween night. As little ghouls and goblins take over our neighbourhoods seeking out candy, make sure you are doing everything possible to keep them safe.
Here are some tips for trick-or-treaters and drivers to prevent accidents on October 31:
- Go trick-or-treating with your child to make sure they make safe choices. If they are old enough to go alone, they should travel in a responsible group of friends rather than by themselves.
- Go over the ground rules with your child before heading out:
- Always watch for cars.
- Stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street at a marked crosswalk or traffic light.
- Try to cross the street only when there are no cars around.
- If there is a car, make eye contact with the driver before crossing the road.
- Put away any cell phones or electronics when you are crossing the street or walking on a sidewalk next to a busy road.
- Choose face makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct your child’s view of their surroundings, which should be avoided when they’ll be crossing streets on a dark night.
- Choose brightly coloured costumes instead of dark costumes, so drivers can see them better. Add reflective tape on the outside of the costume and write your child’s name, your phone number, and address on the inside of the costume.
- Try to avoid driving on Halloween, especially after sundown.
- If you do have to drive, do so below the speed limit and with added caution. Give yourself extra time to get to where you’re going so you are not tempted to speed.
- Be extra attentive to your surroundings while you drive. Sidewalks, crosswalks, and residential areas are all places where you can expect more pedestrians than usual. Watch for children who may be walking in the street or crossing the street – whether there is a crosswalk or not.
- Make driving your main focus – don’t get distracted behind the wheel.
- Plan ahead for any Halloween parties you are attending. If you will be drinking alcohol, assign a sober designated driver or call a taxi. Drinking and driving should never be an option.
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