Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it’s not without its risks. Pedestrian safety is crucial during the holiday. Children are often unpredictable when crossing the street while trick-or-treating, which can lead to serious accidents and injuries. It’s up to parents to keep young trick-or-treaters safe, as explained by Kids Health.
If you have children under the age of 12, you must accompany them on Halloween. Young children lack the wisdom and awareness to successfully navigate streets at night, even within a group. For children 12 and older, have them plan out their route so you’re aware of where they are at all times. It’s also best for kids to travel in a group. That way the other children will be able to call for help should something happen. It’s also a good idea to send kids out for the night with a mobile device so they can call you if necessary.
Before your kids go out, sit down with them and have a talk about the importance of pedestrian safety. Make sure they understand how important it is to cross the street at crosswalks only, as crossing in other areas will increase their chance of being involved in an accident. Also, tell them to keep to well-lit streets so motorists can easily identify them. Finally, kids should never assume they have the right of way or that a vehicle will stop, even when crossing at crosswalks.
In terms of costumes, dark or black clothing will be harder to see at night. Use reflective tape or vests so your child will be easily seen. You can also give kids things like flashlights and glowsticks to signal their presence to drivers. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure his vision isn’t obscured. If it is, look for a safer costume.