Halloween Trick-or-Treat Safety

6Dec
It’s that time of year again, when families with young children take to the streets in costumes ranging from creepy ghouls to superheroes, princesses, animals, and everything in between. At Magazine Law Group, our priority as a legal practice is always the safety of our community. With that in mind, we put together a short […]

It’s that time of year again, when families with young children take to the streets in costumes ranging from creepy ghouls to superheroes, princesses, animals, and everything in between.

At Magazine Law Group, our priority as a legal practice is always the safety of our community. With that in mind, we put together a short list of tips for safe trick-or-treating.

Ten Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating involves millions of young children taking to the streets, often after sunset, in costumes that are not easily recognizable. Though trick-or-treating is a fun activity and a popular American tradition, health risks and safety concerns are involved. With that in mind, here are some Halloween safety tips:[1]

1). Children out trick-or-treating are at-risk of being hit by automobiles, cyclists, and public transport. Parents should affix reflective tape to their children’s costumes, trick-or-treat bags, shoes, and masks.

2). Parents should ensure each child or at least one child in the group has a cell phone for quick communication in an emergency.

3). Parents should caution their children to only go to homes with a porch light on and to never enter a home or car for a treat.

4). Parents should also make sure children know how to call 911 and should remind children to report any suspicious activity.

5). Young children out trick-or-treating should always be accompanied by a parent, adult guardian, or older sibling. Children should also trick-or-treat in groups and never go out alone.

6). Parents should always make a plan with their children, reviewing a predetermined trick-or-treating route, a specific time for heading out and returning, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

7). Children should be reminded only to cross a street at established crosswalks, to never walk between parked cars, and to never cut across yards.

8). Children should always walk on the sidewalk; if no sidewalk is available, they should walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.

9). Children should remain on well-lit streets as often as possible and should avoid dark alleys, private driveways, and country roads that are rarely traveled or have few homes on them.

10). Parents should teach their children never to assume that motorists see them. Also, just because one car stops does not mean other cars will also stop. Children should never cross a street until they’re certain the drivers of all automobiles in the vicinity have seen them and have come to a stop.

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween from Magazine Law Group!

Halloween is a fun and special time of year for families. We hope trick-or-treating and other seasonal activities are safe and fun this year. But if you or someone in your family has their trick-or-treating interrupted by a bad fall, nasty slip, or an automobile accident, contact Magazine Law Group by calling 727-499-9900 or by filling out our contact form.


Sources:
[1] AAP. “Halloween Health & Safety Tips.” American Academy of Pediatrics, 2022. healthychildren.org