According to an October 2015 Forbes article, Halloween spending was set to top $6.9 BILLION in 2015. That’s a lot of Snickers! While you’re out collecting your booty, there are some basic Halloween Safety Tips* to make it more enjoyable and safe, for adults trick or treating with their kids AND your furry friends.
•Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
• Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, 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.
If you’re out driving…
• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
• Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
• Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
• Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- Be careful with Costumes. For some pets, wearing a costume can be stressful. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume doesn’t limit their movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow.
- Stash the Treats. Chocolate is toxic to pets. Sugar free candies that contain the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems and even death in your pets.
- Don’t leave pets out in the yard unattended. Unsavory individuals have been known to tease, injure, steal and even kill pets on Halloween.
- Keep pets calm and easily identifiable. The doorbell can ring for several hours on Halloween. If you’re pet gets anxious with every ring or knock, best to keep them in a separate room and away from open doors. Always make sure they are wearing proper identification, if they should dart out. Up to date tags or a microchip can be a lifesaver to a lost pet.
And most importantly, have a ghoulish time!