Many people look forward to Halloween each year, with themed events typically happening all month long, and children are particularly excited for the day itself because they get to trick-or-treat. However, Halloween can be a dangerous holiday, as children are twice as likely to be hit by cars. There are precautions both children and adults can take to help reduce the number of accidents that happen.
Whether your child is young and will be accompanied by an adult, or is old enough to be trusted to go out on their own, parents should remind kids to stay vigilant. Here are a few reminders for kids planning to go out on Halloween;
- Carry glowsticks or flashlights, or place reflective stickers on a costume
- Remove all (non-toxic!) makeup before bed
- Be careful crossing streets, especially at night
- Never enter a stranger’s car or home
On a notoriously busy day for pedestrians, motorists should be extra cautious of people on the road or crossing the street, particularly those in dark clothing. It is prudent to take slow turns into alleyways and driveways as an extra safety measure.
In addition to the traditional Halloween safety precautions, this year has led to a big change in how Halloween events, such as haunted houses and trick-or-treating, occur. In response to the pandemic, many socially distant Halloween activities in South Florida have been planned, from drive-in movies to trick or treating in cars. Palm Beach County officials have stated that there will be no restrictions on Halloween festivities. During Phase 3 of the reopening process, it’s up to residents to decide whether they want to participate or not.
If you would like more information on safety measures for Halloween, contact us by calling (561) 845-8233 or emailing [email protected].