Halloween Safety Tips for Parents & Drivers (and a giveaway)

It will be Halloween in just under 2 weeks.  Everywhere you go you've started seeing pumpkins and creepy spiderwebs.  The talk about costumes has been going on for weeks... and we've recently started talking about what candy we hope we'll get when trick-or-treating.  The Halloween excitement and giddiness is in the air for sure.

Kids love trick-or-treating on Halloween, but the holiday poses some real “scary” risks: twice as many children are likely to be killed by vehicles on Halloween night than any other throughout the year.  FedEx and Safe Kids have teamed up once again to keep kids safe on Halloween by educating children, their parents and even motorists about safe behaviors, sharing research that sheds light on the issue and giving out some safe “gear” to kids to help them be seen on Halloween night!  They contacted me and asked me to share some simple safety tips in the hopes that more of us will be keeping safe while having Halloween fun.    (Scary Stat... only 1/3 of parents talk to their children every year about Halloween safety.)

Top safety tips Safe Kids and FedEx recommend for parents:

  • Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

  • Slow down and stay alert - watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.

  • Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.

Top safety tips Safe Kids and FedEx recommend for drivers:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Giveaway!!!

Safe Kids and FedEx have given me 5 safe trick-or-treat bags to pass on to readers.  The bags have some cool tools to help kids be seen, such as a flashlight and reflective tags and stickers that kids can add to their costumes, as well as a safety tip sheet. The bags themselves are reflective and perfect for collecting goodies!  If you would be interested in receiving a safe trick-or-treat bag leave a comment below and we will randomly choose 5 people to receive bags.

Giveaway will end Saturday October 25th at 11:59 PM EST.  Winners bag will be delivered personally, so entries must be withing 10 miles of Madison, NJ.  Winners will have 24 hours from notification to respond before new winner will be picked.

About Safe Kids Walk This Way

In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities through education, awareness, research and actual physical improvements to the spaces where child pedestrians are most at risk.  As part of the FedEx commitment to learning about the issues that impact road safety, advancing safe driving practices and improving safety conditions in the communities in which FedEx operates, the Walk This Way program has made significant progress in accelerating child pedestrian safety, particularly among younger children. Over the past 13 years, the Walk This Way program has expanded to include Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines where it has educated more than 4 million children.

For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, as well as throughout the year, visit www.safekids.org and visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SafeKidsWorldwide