Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for kids! And the excited ghosts, lady bugs and monsters may be paying more attention to their next destination than to proper and safe pedestrian behavior. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30pm to 9:30pm so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
To help children be a safe as possible, here are several easy and effective ways that parents can reduce their kids chance of injury. Please share and practice!
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again and behind when crossing streets, alleyways and driveways, and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices away and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Trick or Treat with an Adult
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
- Unsupervised children should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Creative and Safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate distractions inside your car to concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic.
Safe Kids Materials:
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Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death to children ages 14 and under. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health Division, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion. For more information, visit Injury Areas.