A Fun Halloween is a Safe One
Halloween can be a fun time for children and families. It can also be a dangerous time — and not just because of ghosts and goblins. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, there will be more time for trick-or-treating and other activities, which means the dangers that come along with the holiday also increase.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of pedestrian deaths among children ages 5-14 is fourfold higher on Halloween evening when compared with the same time period, between 4 and 10 p.m., during all other evenings of the year.
Here are seven suggestions for keeping your group of trick-or-treaters safe:
1. Children should never trick-or-treat alone. They should head out in groups; and younger children should always have adult supervision. Plan a post-trick-or-treat gathering and have the parents who did not have to supervise host the parents who did. The kids can play board and video games while the parents unwind.
2. Light up the kids and make them highly visible. Add reflective tape to costumes and bags. Let them also use and wear glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces. And don’t forget the flashlights.
3. Go early. With Halloween falling on a Saturday, you can plan your trick-or-treating for daylight hours. Leave early, let the kids wear themselves out and arrive back home before dark. Daylight savings doesn't end until 2 a.m. Sunday, November 1, so this year you have extra time and daylight on your side.
4. Remind children to use crosswalks and always look both ways. The supervising parents can also bring a stop/go sign to signal when the kids can safely cross the street. Use glow-in-the-dark paints or reflective tape to make the sign stand out not only to your group, but also any traffic.
5. Leave the cell phones stowed. Pull your phone out to snap pictures when everyone is safely on porch or in a yard, but do not talk and text while walking around the neighborhood. Being alert and aware of your surroundings at all times is the best way to keep everyone safe.
6. Forego the door-to-door tradition and attend an indoor or enclosed event, instead. Here are local options:
Pumpkin Bash, Greensboro
7. Read up on Halloween safety. For more on Halloween safety, check out: