Halloween can be fun and exciting and is a great time to bond with your children. You can brainstorm with them for the perfect superhero or princess to dress up as for the holiday, take them shopping for their costume, or assemble it with whatever you can find around the house. Whatever your kid decides to do, you have the opportunity to make it fun so they’ll have memories that will last them throughout their childhood. Take lots of pictures and share lots of candy.
You also want to take plenty of caution when out trick-or-treating. According to Safe Kids USA, kids are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. Before you let your Captain America or Wonder Woman hit the streets, you need to go over tips that will protect them from drivers out on the road who may be under the influence of alcohol.
Tips for Avoiding Drunk Drivers on Halloween
- Select Costumes Wisely – Dark costumes and masks will make it difficult for drivers to see your tick-or-treaters. Select lighter colors, don’t wear masks or face paint that limit your child’s visibility, and put reflective tape on their costumes.
- Accompany Your Kids – An adult should always accompany children when out trick-or-treating. Youngsters are more likely to neglect important road safety rules with the excitement of Halloween. An adult being present can make sure that the kids obey safety rules and avoid any oncoming traffic.
- Find Safe Neighborhoods – Trick-or-treat in neighborhoods with low speed limits, sidewalks, minimal traffic, and good lighting.
- Emphasize the Safety Basics – Give your kids a refresher course before sending them off. Remind them to look both ways before crossing streets or driveways and walk on sidewalks or paths.
If you have any questions about trick-or-treating on Halloween, or further precautions to take to avoid drunk drivers, or are in need of legal advice or representation, please contact Brian Caulfield.