Between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., however, is the night’s “witching hour” – when costumed pedestrians are most at risk, according to AAA. The excitement of the night can easily cause children to forget about safety.
To help reduce the risk for children during the Halloween holiday, AAA suggests following these simple ‘tricks’ to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone:
- Watch your speed. Motorists should slow down as they drive through neighborhood areas, preferably five mph less than the posted speed limit.
- When driving, broaden you scan. Look into yards and on front porches, not just to the sidewalk. Children will be coming from everywhere. Watch carefully for kids crossing streets in mid-block, between parked cars or entering and exiting driveways. Motorists should scan far ahead in traffic to watch expect the unexpected.
- Use your headlights beginning at dusk to make yourself more visible.
- Be bright at night! Wear highly visible, bright or reflective costumes that are easy to see in darkness. Add reflective tape. Use a flashlight with fresh batteries to see and be seen.
- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
- Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block. Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
- Review safety precautions with children, including traffic safety rules: cross at crosswalks; avoid walking between parked cars; and walk facing traffic on roads without sidewalks.
- Plan a trick-or-treating route and supervision in advance. Avoid areas with heavy vehicle traffic and look for well-lit streets with sidewalks. Arrange for an adult or a responsible teen to accompany younger trick-or-treaters.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes. Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.