Make no bones about it, we've waited all year for it, and now Halloween is finally here! This Halloween, there will be upwards of 41 million trick or treaters out on the streets, which means a lot more foot traffic out in the dark than there would be on an ordinary night. Don't let an unfortunate (and often preventable) mishap ruin your Halloween fun. With a few precautions and safety measures, your Halloween will have more than a ghost of a chance of being a spooktacular success!
Off We Go A-Haunting! Costume Safety for Ghouls:
- Running around in the dark in an unfamiliar getup can create a few problems if you let it. Make sure your costume is safe by taking extra care to anticipate potential issues.
- Ensure your costume is hemmed to a safe length and not dragging in a way to create a trip hazard.
- Since it can be very challenging to see when wearing a costume mask, wear makeup instead of a mask whenever possible, particularly if you plan to be outside in the dark.
- Plan appropriate outerwear. If it's going to be cold or if the weather is going to be inclement, out of necessity you may need to wear a coat, so consider how this is going to work with your costume ensemble and the entire trick or treating process.
- Wear appropriate footwear. Consider how much walking you will be doing and how the intended costume footwear you're wearing is going to wear works in those circumstances. The coolest shoes ever won't matter to you at all if your feet are killing you--trust us on this! Opt for comfort and practicality while out walking around--you can always change your shoes when you get to your Halloween party!
- Accessorize Safely: Make sure that any toy weapons other accessories you are using in your costume have no hard or sharp edges. If you bump into someone or fall, you don't want these items to do any harm.
Count Down to Candy--Trick or Treating Safety Tips:
- If you are going trick or treating, use reflective tape placed strategically on your costume to ensure that you are visible.
- Always walk on sidewalks. Don't cut across lawns or cross streets at places other than the corners. Obey traffic signals and use crosswalks when available.
- Stow your phone so that you aren't tempted to be walking around in the dark while staring down at your device. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Young children should have an adult accompany them while trick or treating. Older kids should trick or treat in groups. Trick or treating alone is never a good idea.
- Bring a sturdy bag or bucket. Halloween candy can get heavy after it has accumulated for a while. Make sure your loot bag is up to the task and that it is sturdy enough to hold its contents until you arrive home. A lightweight bag or bucket is best so you don't have excess weight to lug around.
- Don't eat any candy from your trick or treat bag until you get home and have a chance to go through it to ensure everything is wrapped and looks as it should.
- Bring a flashlight or carry glow sticks to light the way. The flashlight glow will also help drivers that are on the road to see you.
- Only trick or treat at well lit houses and never go inside a stranger's home, even if invited. If a house is dark, Halloween protocol says to skip it.
- Don't walk near lit candles.
- To avoid tripping and falling, walk and don't run!
Don't Drive me Batty--Halloween Road Safety Tips:
- If you are driving on Halloween night, know that trick or treaters are out and about and increase your awareness. Drive slowly and cautiously. Kids are very excited about Halloween and may not always think before reacting on the street, so be very cautious.
- Take your time at all intersections and watch out for pedestrians.
- Don't be a distracted driver. Keep your phone and any other distractions put away and concentrate on the road.
- Never take rides from strangers.