Between the busy preparation of costumes, carving of jack-o-lanterns, and party planning, parents and drivers should also keep safety as a top priority this Halloween. As ghouls and goblins take to the streets to look for treats, keep these key tips in mind to make the night safe for everyone.
Parents and Adults
Keep visibility top-of-mind. Consider heading out to trick-or-treat at an earlier time to make sure drivers can see you on the road. To improve your visibility, stick to lighter-coloured costumes. As a last-minute alternative, use reflective tape on costumes.
Accompany trick-or-treaters to ensure they keep safe. Encourage kids to walk to each house rather than run. Trick-or-treat in neighborhoods that are well-known, in case you lose sight of your little ones.
No matter what age kids are, the excitement of the night may mean that children forget to look both ways before crossing the road. Make sure they know to cross at the cross-walk and to stick to well-lit roads.
Inspect candy when you get home. Have your kids avoid eating their treats until their haul has been checked by an adult. Throw out candy that looks like it has been tampered with, or if it contains ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction.
Slow down, especially in and around neighborhoods. It's important to be on the lookout for excited children who may dash across the road.
Turn your headlights on so parents and children can see you. Consider turning your lights on in the early afternoon so you don't forget.
Buckle your kids in properly if you plan to drive your kids between neighborhoods. Make sure costumes with padding do not interfere with your child's car seat, booster seat or seat belt.
Most importantly, have fun this Halloween!
Don't drive impaired, arrange for a ride home. If you find yourself unable to take the wheel, the CAA Drive You Home program can ensure you stay safe. This complimentary program is offered to Members year-round.