It will be a dark and spooky night, out will come tons of little ghosts, witches, princesses, and superheroes, all yelling “Trick or Treat!” Is it already Halloween? Dressing up as your favorite character and people just handing out candy left and right, Halloween is definitely one of the best times of the year for kids. Unfortunately, according to national safety statistics, children are twice as likely to get hit by a car and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year.
Tuesday is Halloween
The Rossmoor Homeowners Association, RCSD, West Orange County CERT (the volunteer team that shows you how to be safe and keeps your family that way in an emergency or disaster), and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department all remind you to have fun, be safe, and slow down a little.
Corporal Julia Clasby, Emergency Services Coordinator for the Seal Beach Police Department, covers some great tips for Halloween:
Let’s make this Halloween a fun and safe one by following these safety tips:
Safety Tips for Families:
- Trick or treat with a trusted adult or agree on a set route and curfew
- Carry a flashlight or use reflective tape on costumes, carry glow sticks
- Walk, don’t run on sidewalks
- Only cross the street at corners or designated crosswalks
- Never run into the street or cross between parked cars
- Watch out for cars that are backing out of driveways or turning
- Don’t go into a stranger’s home or car
- Approach lighted houses only
Enjoy candy stash only after it has been checked by a trusted adult and never eat candy that is not in a factory sealed bag or container.
Safety Tips for Drivers:
- Do not use a cell phone or anything else that can distract from driving safely
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
- Pay extra attention because pedestrians tend to wear darker colors, and can have a small stature.
- Drive the posted speed limit or even below it and keep plenty of distance from the car in front of you (sudden stops are more likely)
Popular trick or treat times are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so stay extra alert for kids during those hours