It’s Halloween on Thursday! Whether you’re trick-or-treating with your kids, going out with friends, or staying in to pass out candy, here are some tips to make sure you have a spooky good and safe Halloween:
If you're Trick-Or-Treating with the kids:
- Be aware of your surroundings and stick to the sidewalks
- Did you know that Halloween is the most dangerous day for children pedestrians? A child is twice as likely to be hit by a car and die on Halloween than any other day of the year. Be extra alert, especially at crosswalks and busy intersections.
- Choose light-colored costumes or use reflective tape
- This will help your children be seen, even from a distance.
- Pin important information to your child’s costume
- Pin important information like your child’s name, address and phone number in case of emergency.
- Avoid masks, poor-fitting shoes, or long pants/dresses
- Make sure your children can see and walk without tripping. Masks can severely obscure vision and shoes that are hard to walk in can make for a long night or cause them to fall.
- Inspect candy before letting your children eat it
- Throw out any unsealed candy or any homemade treats that are made by someone you don’t know. This might feel excessive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you're going out with friends:
- Plan ahead for rides
- If you are planning on drinking, either have a designated driver or make sure you have money for a cab or other rideshare. Never drive intoxicated.
- Stay in a group
- Whether you’re a guy or girl, never go anywhere alone. Keep an eye on everyone in your group throughout the night. Consider having buddies for the night.
- Drink smartly
- On average it takes your body one hour to process one standard drink, but it varies from person to person. For every drink, make sure you have a glass of water to help your body process the alcohol and stay hydrated.
- If you’re planning on drinking, eat a good meal before you go out. Additionally, snacking throughout the night can help lessen the effects of alcohol.
- If it feels fishy, get out
- Trust your gut. If someone talking to you gives you a weird feeling, get out of the conversation. Costumes can be used to hide intentions, so it’s good to be on your toes when talking to new people on Halloween.
If you’re staying in or having a party:
- Be smart about who you invite
- If you know someone tends to make a scene, it’s okay to leave them off the invite list. Smaller parties can be just as fun as big ones.
- Protect your guests by using safe decorations
- Remove easily breakable things. Avoid using actual candles in your jack-o-lanterns. Instead, try LED lights or glowsticks. If you are using candles, use short ones and be sure it’s away from anything flammable.
- Plan rides home for your guests
- If there will be alcohol at your party, never allow anyone to drive home intoxicated. You may be held liable if they leave your house and get into an accident. Either find them a ride home or let them stay the night at your house.
- Make it clear if you do or don’t want trick-or-treaters to come to your house
- If you want trick-or-treaters to visit your house, have your porch light on and the path to the front door well-lit. If you don’t want anyone to come, make sure to have lights turned off. People will usually understand this means not to come to the door.
We hope these tips help you have a safe and happy Halloween this year!