October Doesn't Have to be Scary: Halloween Trick-or-Treating
According to KidsAndCars.org and the CDC, children are more than four times as likely to be killed by a car while trick-or-treating on Halloween night than at any other time of the year.
Halloween is a dangerous night, but it doesn't mean you should be scared to let your kids out of the house as long as you help them understand how to be a safe pedestrian.
Halloween is a lot of fun for the kidlets, but be sure to review these important pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children:
- Look both ways before crossing the street. (Ideally, you should look right, left, and then right again.)
- Only cross at street corners, stoplights or crosswalks. Never cross against a green (or yellow) light.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a stopped car and wait for them to wave you on. Stick to the sidewalk between houses. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
- Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards and never walk near lit candles or luminaries.