Trick and treating is a great favorite when it comes to holiday traditions, but children are more than twice as likely to be victims of a fatal car accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year. To guard against a Halloween nightmare, follow some simple precautions:

Before the Big Night:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, consider using reflective tape on their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first

Walking the neighborhood on Halloween:

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time for children to return home
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Warn children to be careful around jack-o-lanterns with lit candles
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Walk, don’t run, across the street
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up from driveways or alleys. Teach children to never cross between parked cars

And for trick-or-treaters and parents alike, put electronic devices down and keep heads up!