For kids, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year! Candy, costumes, Trick or Treating, and fun with friends. With so many people out and about in the dark on Halloween, it can also be a dangerous night. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. But DO NOT FEAR! We’ve got a list of tips to keep your kiddos safe and happy while you have a FUN Halloween night!
Pick Safe Costumes
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent trips and falls
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision
- Make sure weapon accessories are rubber or plastic so kids can’t hurt themselves or their friends
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers
- Have kids carry or wear glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
- Pick a route in advance
- Go with a group if possible, it’s easier for multiple adults to keep up with all the kids!
- Bring flashlights to light the way
- Only approach well-lit homes
- Teach your children to accept treats at the door and never go inside
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks, and be sure to WALK, not run!
- Put phones and iPods away while walking and keep heads up
- Remain on well-lit streets and always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Be A Safe Driver
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods – Children are excited on Halloween and may not be paying attention
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings (AKA – PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!)
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier than normal
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours
- When kids
askbeg to eat candy while you’re out walking, be sure to check what they are eating
- Sort through candy at the end of the night and be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened.
- Be sure the front of your house is well lit and the walkway is clear if you’re giving out candy
- Keep front porch lights off if you don’t want Trick or Treaters OR aren’t going to be home
- Halloween is also a night police see a spike in crime. Be sure to arm security systems, lock doors and vehicles. Leave lights or a television on inside so it doesn’t look like an empty house.
Trick or Treating Events
If you prefer a community or church event for your Trick or Treating fun, there are plenty of Halloween events in Lakeland and across Polk County. Check out our list below!