From carving jack-o’-lanterns to trick-or-treating, Halloween can be a fun night for kids of any age. To help ensure your evening is full of planned scares and frights, here are some road safety tips for you and your kids to consider.

Safety for Pedestrians

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween night can be a dangerous night for pedestrians. Consider following these tips from Safe Kids Worldwide before your kids head out for some candy:

  • Make sure your child takes along a working flashlight or an abundant number of glow sticks to help ensure they’re visible to others.
  • Don’t let your kids leave home without a fully charged cellphone so they can call for help in the event of an emergency. You may also want to remind your children to keep their heads up and put their phones and other devices down, especially when crossing the street.
  • Tell your kids to walk only on sidewalks and, if there is not a sidewalk available, to walk against the flow of traffic and as far away from the road as possible.
  • Be sure that any costume your child wears on Halloween night doesn’t impede their vision or pose a tripping hazard.
  • Don’t send your kids under the age of 12 out trick-or-treating by themselves. If they resist because they don’t want to be seen with mom or dad, wear a costume. It’s Halloween. You can get away with it.
  • Set a curfew for your older children, and decide on a predetermined route so you’ll know their approximate whereabouts.

kids on halloween trick or treat safety

Driving Safely

Helping ensure safety on Halloween isn’t entirely up to the kids doing the trick-or-treating. If you’re going to be out on the road on Halloween night, keep your eyes peeled and be alert for kids who may be excited about the holiday and out later than usual. Consider slowing your driving down, especially when making your way through suburban neighborhoods. Never assume that a child in a costume can see you. Make sure to also eliminate any distractions while driving so you can better focus on the road, adds the NHTSA.

Being cautious and following these road safety tips may help everyone enjoy the spooky festivities of this ghoulish night. Happy Halloween!

Originally published on October 21, 2011.

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