Monday October 28, 2019
It’s the most frightfully fun time of the year! There’s nothing like getting your little ghouls and goblins dressed up in their favorite costumes and watching them trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Many kids aren’t used to being outside past dark, so now’s a great time for everyone to brush up on a few safety tips before hitting the streets. A little planning now will help you and your family enjoy a fab-boo-lous Halloween!
Make Yourselves Visible
Be sure evening drivers see you by wearing bright or reflective costumes and applying reflective tape on the kids’ treat buckets or bags. This will also help YOU keep track of your little ones’ whereabouts!
Maintain Your Own Visibility
Avoid masks and anything that’s worn on the face or head and obstructs your lines of sight. Visibility is a two-way street: drivers should be able to see you, and you must be able to see drivers.
Stay in a Group
There’s safety in numbers, and it’s more fun too! It’s easier for drivers to see larger groups than smaller ones.
Obey the Rules of the Road
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday (and being out on a school night!), but pay attention to traffic laws: stay on sidewalks whenever possible, use crosswalks, and don’t jaywalk.
Don’t Assume the Right of Way
It’s a busy night on the roads on Halloween, so drivers may not be driving as defensively as they should. Stay in well-lit areas, try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street, and be sure to use traffic signals.
Know the Route
This is more for older children who plan to go out with their friends. Have a route mapped out for them and set an age-appropriate curfew.
No Treat Eating Until You Get Home
All candy and treats should be thoroughly checked at home before everyone can enjoy them. After that, dig in and find your favorites!
Set Candy Boundaries
Avoid upset tummies and cavities! Decide on a candy limit for the evening and enforce it. It’s also a good idea to determine how much candy you intend to keep. Help the kiddos avoid sugar shock: many dentist offices buy back Halloween candy!
Have a fang-tastic and safe Halloween! And don’t forget to share your favorite photos of the day and night with us using #MountainHouseCA!