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As we work our way through the month of October, anticipation is building everywhere for that great last day of the month, Halloween. Whether you’re bundling up, donning a mask, and taking the kids out door to door for trick or treating or staying home to pass out candy, it’s an exciting day that kicks off the holiday season every year. It can, however, be a dangerous day for driver and pedestrians. By following these tips, you can make sure you have a safe and happy Halloween.

  1. Know when your neighborhood trick or treat is. Many communities hold their trick or treat time on the weekend and often attempt to have it wrapped up before the sun sets. Though this move makes it easier to see the swarms of costumed children while driving, if you’re not expecting crowds on your sidewalks, you could easily breeze on through a typically empty intersection without realizing small children may be around and looking to cross. It’s no secret that kids look forward to Halloween all year long and their excitement can make them less than careful when going from door to door. As a driver, it’s important to be especially vigilant during trick or treat.
  2. Similarly, if your neighborhood has a later trick or treat time, be especially careful driving home in the dark. Few Halloween costumes are known for being highly visible- who’s ever heard of a neon green witch? More often than not, children are dressed in less-than-noticeable costumes when it gets dark. Make sure you use your headlights and proceed with caution through neighborhood streets.
  3. If you’re one of the lucky parents chaperoning your children through the neighborhood, it’s always a good idea to remind kids of road crossing safety, especially on Halloween. There may be large crowds on the sidewalk and it may be tempting to allow children to walk in the street. Obviously, this is a mistake. Remind children to always look both ways before crossing a street, to wait for the walk signal at intersections, and to only use marked crossings.
  4. Never ever drink and drive. Maybe you’re too old to trick or treat and you don’t have kids. Halloween has become one of the biggest party nights for bars and house parties in recent years. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t ever drink and drive, but this is especially important on Halloween as pedestrians are so much more prevalent. With the advent of ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, it’s never been easier to get home after a night out, safe and sound and ready for November.

If you follow these tips, you can ensure a safe and fun Halloween for everyone involved.


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