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A Safe and Spooky Halloween

October 24th, 2014

The summer is coming to a close and autumn is upon us. The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air and if you look closely, you may even see some leaves starting to change colors. Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and candy is already flying off the shelves. Costumes are being bought and front porches decorated with spider webs and jack-o-lanterns. It is an exciting time of year, but also a dangerous one.

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It is during the holiday season that pedestrian accidents are at their highest. Come Halloween children will be lining the streets, out looking for candy and treats. With so much fun and excitement it can be easy to let safety slip a little. As parents though, the responsibility to watch over children in their costumes falls on you. So keep these tips in mind to make Halloween as fun and safe as possible.

  • Wear/Hold Lights: Give your children some kind of safety light or glow stick to place on their costume, or to hold in their hand. You can integrate them into the child’s costume. Items such as light up wands or a jack-o-lantern flashlight will work just fine. This allows them to see anything in their way, and for drivers to see them if they wander off the sidewalk.
  • Well Lit Neighborhoods: Take your children to well lit neighborhoods. Ones with porch lights and street lights.
  • Teach Them Safety: Before the big night, teach your children to stay on the sidewalk, and not to run across the road without a parent or guardian. Teach them to look both ways before crossing.
  • Plan Ahead: Don’t just take your child out and drive around looking for neighborhoods. Ask friends and do research into good areas to go trick r’ treating. Visit them in the day time to make sure they have sidewalks and street lights.
  • Trunk r’ Treat: Some communities will hold what is called “trunk r’ treat”. They pull their cars into a parking lot and hand out candy from their trunks. This way everyone knows who is handing the candy out, and makes for a much more safe Halloween experience while still being lots of fun for the children.

Halloween can be one of the most fun holidays of the year. Don’t let even a small accident ruin the night for you or your children. Put safety first and be a good role model. One day when they grow up and have children of their own, they will think back to these small things you taught them.


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