- Stay alert for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic
on Halloween night.
- Be patient and SLOW DOWN! Give children lots of time to
cross the street. Costumes may impair their ability to see and hear you
and to get out of your way quickly. Young children may lack the physical
ability to cross a street quickly. They do not effectively evaluate
potential traffic threats, cannot anticipate driver behavior and process
sensory information more slowly than adults.
- Excited kids may forget to "stop, look and
listen" before crossing the street. Since they may be trying to visit
as many houses as possible within a specific time period, children could
quickly dart in front of your car.
- Drive defensively. Don't assume that a pedestrian will
move in a predictable manner. Expect the unexpected.
- Be extra cautious in areas where vehicles are parked
along the side of the street. Trick-or-treaters may dart into traffic from
between parked cars.
- Watch for children walking in the street, especially if
there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. Also watch for children
walking on medians and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
FOR PARENTS and CAREGIVERS:
- Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or
- Dress children in costumes that are light-colored and
clearly visible to motorists.
- Costumes should be no longer than ankle-length to
prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Use face paints or make-up rather than masks that could
- Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to
costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Children should wear comfortable, well-fitting, sturdy
- Wear flame-resistant costumes. Avoid paper costumes.
- Small children should be accompanied by adults.
- Older children should stay in groups.
- Avoid capes that could pose strangulation risks by
getting caught on structures or protrusions your child may encounter.
- Make sure props such as swords, scythes, pitchforks,
spears, wands or knives are flexible (not rigid) with smooth or rounded
tips to prevent eye or other injuries if fallen on.
- If driving children to trick-or-treat, make sure they
exit vehicle on the curb side and not the traffic side.
- Instruct your children not to eat any candy until they
bring it home and you examine it thoroughly. Inspect commercially wrapped
candy for tampering (unusual appearance, discoloration, tiny pinholes or
tears in wrappers). Discard anything suspicious. Throw out homemade
- Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard
while wearing a costume.
- Secure identification (name, address phone number) on
or within a child's costume.
- Teach children their home phone number and how to call
9-1-1 if they become lost or have an emergency. (9-1-1 service can be
dialed free from any phone).