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Follow these safety tips for Trick or Treating

October means trips to the pumpkin patch and caramel apples are in season. It also means that Halloween is just around the corner. Soon, costumes, decorations, tricks and treats will be everywhere you look. Halloween is fun for you and your children, but it also poses extra risks on the streets. Studies show that Halloween is one of the most fatal days for pedestrians. Motorists and trick-or-treating families can do their part to help avoid car accidents.

Take these steps with your trick-or-treaters:

  • Trick-or-treat as a group. Have your children go with friends or ring door bells as a family.
  • Instruct your children to not take short cuts. Make sure they know to stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street at designated crosswalks.
  • Choose costumes that don’t interfere with your child’s vision. You will want to make sure they can easily see side to side.
  • Tailor your child’s costume to avoid tripping hazards. Consider their props as well. You don’t want that sword or wand to be a hazard.
  • Have your children wear reflective materials and carry flashlights to make them more visible as night falls.
  • Consider public events where motorists are not a factor in the candy seeking fun.
  • Go over basic pedestrian rules, such as looking both ways before crossing the street.

Take these steps as a motorist:

  • Drive slower than normal through neighborhoods.
  • Scan the road carefully, and take extra precaution at crosswalks.
  • Communicate with pedestrians and other drivers while on the road. Make sure children don’t have to question their right of way.
  • Pull over to the side of the road and out of the way of traffic to drop off or pick up your trick or treaters.
  • Do not follow your children from house to house in the car, blocking traffic. Traffic jams can pose an increased danger.
  • Do not pass stopped vehicles, as they may be dropping off or picking up children.

Keep Halloween a fun evening by teaching your children about safe trick-or-treating procedures. If you are planning to be out on the road, do your part as a motorist to avoid accidents. Let the candy, costumes and fun commence.

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