October 2021


Be Safe on Halloween


Halloween is a night filled with costumes and candy. It’s also a night filled with potential dangers for both trick-or-treaters and drivers. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), children are four times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween night than any other time of the year. Children are also more prone to cuts and burns per the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical center focused on education and research. Below are some tips presented by AAA and the Mayo Clinic to help your ghosts and goblins enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween.




  • Watch for children walking on roadways, curbs and medians
  • Look for children crossing the street – especially outside of a crosswalk
  • Drive slow through residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals





Carve with Care

  • Allow adults to carve the pumpkins for younger children
  • Consider decorating pumpkins with markers, paint or stickers
  • Supervise older children carving pumpkins with knives or other carving tools
  • Use flameless candles or glow sticks instead of candles to avoid burns and fires




Be Costume Savvy

  • Choose bright colors and flame retardant materials
  • Don’t use masks as they may obstruct children’s vision
  • Place reflective tape on costumes for extra visibility
  • Limit the amount of accessories and do not use pointed props




Trick-or-Treat Safely

  • Always go with a group and don’t wander off alone
  • Never enter strangers’ homes or garages
  • For older children, have them plan and discuss their route and return time
  • Stop only at well-lit homes
  • Instruct children not to eat any candy until they get home




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