Tips for a Happy (and Safe) Halloween

Safe costumes:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colored clothing.
  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible.
  • Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
  • Check to make sure costumes aren’t too long to prevent tripping.


Safe walking:

  • Stay alert. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • It’s best to cross the street safely at corners. Before crossing, look left, right and left again and make eye contact with drivers.

Safe Driving:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Be especially alert and 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.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Be cautious when backing out of driveways and parking spots; expect to see children late at night in areas where you usually wouldn’t.

Learn more about Halloween Safety!

Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween

Kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by
a car and killed on Halloween
than on any other day of the year.

No Scary Driving this Halloween.

There’s a lot of information instructing children to be safe during Halloween. However, with pedestrian-vehicle collisions being four times more likely on Halloween, it’s important to highlight some Halloween safety tips for adults. As drivers, we have a responsibility to follow traffic safety advice and help keep children safe on Halloween.