Happy Halloween everyone! This year, Halloween is on a school night, which means it is a
great idea to get started early on trick or treating activities. Did you know that on average, children are twice as likely to get hit by a car on Halloween? So while this time of year brings spooky fun and dressing up as your favorite characters, it is also a time when safety becomes an incredibly important topic.
Check out some tips from Cell Phone Sally on how to have a happy Halloween as well as a safe and smart holiday:
· Always buddy up when trick or treating. Walk in groups with a trusted adult.
· Avoid costumes that are too dark. Light and reflective clothing is best. Fasten reflective tape onto costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
· Children under 12 should always have adult supervision. Safety first!
· Have kids use glow sticks to help guide their way and make them more visible to drivers. You can also take a flashlight with you to help guide your way in the dark.
· Make sure to examine all the candy when you get home. Check for any choking hazards or candy that has been tampered with. And don’t eat too much candy when you get home- it could make you sick to your stomach!
· Always look both ways before crossing the street. Cars move fast so be aware of your surroundings.
· Enter homes with haunted houses ONLY if you are with a trusted adult. And never under any circumstances accept a ride from a stranger.
· When selecting a costume, make sure it fits well to eliminate chances of falling or tripping. No one wants to get hurt on Halloween!
· Carry a cell phone with you to make sure you can contact help in case of an emergency.
· If you are ever in an emergency situation, please do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1.
Looking for more safety tips? Check out some information from the Safe Kids: https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips. We hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!