Parents and children trick-or-treating should be aware of the following tips:
• Choose light-colored costumes.
• Decorate costumes with reflective materials and give children flashlights and glow sticks to carry.
• Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look before crossing and walk, not run, to the other side of the street.
• Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Masks can obstruct a child’s view, so use non-toxic face paint, makeup and wigs instead.
• Only eat treats that are in their original and unopened wrappers.
Drivers should be aware of the following tips:
• Drivers should beware of the extra pedestrian traffic throughout the evening.
• Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
• Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. and be sure to turn on full headlights.
• Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
• Reduce any distractions inside the vehicle, such as talking on the phone or eating. Stay focused on the road.