We Think Halloween is Spook-tacular!
Unfortunately, it's also very dangerous. Children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Help keep your ghosts and goblins safe with these tips from Penny Lentz, Safe Kids Winnebago County Coalition Coordinator:
- Put electronic devices away and walk with your head up.
- Cross the street at corners, using crosswalks.
- Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- 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.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to be without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick or treat in groups.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. If possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Use flexible props, made of rubber or plastic.
- All shoelaces should be double tied to avoid tripping in the dark
- Give the kids something to eat prior to going trick or treating, to avoid urges to eat candy between houses
- Tell your children that they cannot eat any candy until you have gone through to ensure it is safe.
- When sorting through candy at the end of the night, be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened or has holes in the wrapper.