Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun and exciting night for trick-or-treaters, but it's also a time to be a little more attentive and cautious. With spooky festivities coming up Wednesday evening, be sure to pay extra attention while driving, plan costumes that are visible and don't restrict your ability to move too much, and always have fun with a few friends instead of going alone. For more tips, click through to read our newest blog post.

Helpful tips for drivers:

  • Be especially cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours, between 4 and 9 p.m. Sunset is at 6:08 p.m
  • Watch for children crossing between parked cars.
  • Be alert for children darting across streets without looking.
  • Keep your car parked if you can, but if you have to drive through a neighborhood, take it much slower than normal.

Helpful tips for trick or treating:

  • Stick some reflective tape on your trick-or-treat bags so they can be easily spotted by motorists.
  • Bring cellphones for quick pictures and emergencies, but leave them in your pockets to avoid getting distracted.
  • Keep children on the sidewalks, and shepherd them carefully when they need to cross the road. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road, facing traffic.
  • Throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers.

Helpful tips for your home:

  • Young children can paint or color their pumpkins instead of carving. Or have them draw a face with markers and an adult can do the carving.
  • Make sure steps, sidewalks, porches and paths are well-lit and free of decorations and holiday props.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater or run away.

We hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! (And maybe we can get a piece of candy?)