Halloween is always an exciting time of year. These days, I look forward to taking my grandchildren trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. It really is a magical time.
But, all that rushing from door to door to fill up plastic pumpkins and buckets can increase the risk of children darting into traffic. Or into the path of an oncoming car.
So, to make sure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween this year, our National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has put together a list of easy tips for everyone.
It will only take a minute to read them, and they could prevent a lifetime of regret:
- Motorists – Stay alert and, please, SLOW DOWN.
We all remember the thrill of rushing from one door to the next collecting loot. And we all know that kids aren’t always careful about looking both ways, especially when they’re trying to get to as many houses as possible. So let's take extra caution when driving this Halloween night.
- Parents – Help your kids be visible and prepared.
Make sure your princesses, superheroes, and monsters have a flashlight, and consider putting reflective tape on costumes and treat bags. Brightly colored costumes are easier to see than dark ones, and the masks your children wear should not impair their field of vision. Most of all remind them to look not once or twice, but three times when crossing the street.
- Trick-or-Treaters – Please, watch where you’re going.
I know you’ve heard it all before, but it’s even more important to be careful when you’re out after dark when cars have more difficulty seeing you. Make sure you look both ways--left and right, then left again--before crossing the street. Wear comfortable shoes, and make sure you aren’t tripping over your costume. And stay within sight of the grownups who are out with you. But, most of all, HAVE FUN!
Halloween is scary enough without the risk of injury or worse. Let’s all work together to make sure this year's Halloween is safe and fun for everyone.