Halloween is coming….
Many people view Halloween as a time for fun and treats, dressing up in costumes, and attending spooky parties.
It is also a time to be aware and demonstrate extra caution, especially for children, due to the increased foot traffic in low light conditions.
as we all know this year is much different because of the pandemic. If you’re choosing to go out and trick or treat, please do so with current health and safety precautions related to COVID-19 in mind.
In the United States, children aged 5-14 are more likely to be struck by vehicular traffic while walking on Halloween night compared with other nights of the year.
Here are some safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council.
:: Children should ::
✓ Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
✓ Make a mask part of the costume (if it wasn’t already)
✓ Wash hands frequently, if possible and as soon as you get home.
✓ Carry a note in their pocket with their name and address.
✓ When using costume knives and swords, ensure they are flexible, not rigid or sharp.
✓ Know everyone’s phone numbers for emergency phone calls.
✓ Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
✓ When walking in neighborhoods, they should:
✓ Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks if available, and don’t cross between parked cars.
✓ Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks if available, and avoid crossing yards.
✓ Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
✓ Avoid wearing hats that could slide over their eyes.
✓ Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
✓ Always look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
✓ Avoid wearing long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes to prevent tripping.
:: Parents and adults should::
✓ Establish a curfew for older children.
✓ Supervise the outing for children under age 12.
✓ Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing decorations away from doorways and landings.
✓ Inspect all candy before children eat it.
✓ Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
:: To ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters, parents and adults should ::
✓ Drive slowly.
✓ Make sure children under age 10 are supervised as they cross the street.
✓ Exit driveways carefully.
✓ Watch for children in the street and on medians.
✓ Have children get out of cars on the curbside, not the traffic side.
Following these tips should help ensure this Halloween is a safe and fun holiday for everyone.
Consider taking advantage of community events where the kids can show off their costumes and trick-or-treat in one central place without the need to navigate city and neighborhood streets.