Halloween is almost upon us, and we know kids and adults alike LOVE this time of year! According to the National Security Council, the month of October ranked No.2 in motor vehicle deaths. There are twice as many kids killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to safekids.org
To ensure Halloween fun, we ask all residents to review a few Halloween safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while Trick Or Treating.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
- Typically trick or treating within an apartment community is not a common place to make your door-to-door rounds, however several of our apartment communities host Halloween parties or Trick-or Treating events in the clubhouse every year! Also, visit your city’s Facebook page or website to see if they are hosting a Trunk or Treating event near you!
- If you decide to go Trick or Treating at a nearby neighborhood, a responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds. If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you.
- Popular Trick-or-Treating times are between 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks.
- Do not trick-or-treat with headphone on so that they are aware of their surroundings at all time.
- Also walk on sidewalks or paths, and look both directions when crossing the street. Always cross the street at corners.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
- Agree on a specific time children should return home.
- Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
Costume Safety Tips
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
- Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to avoid trips or falls.
- When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first.
- Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
Halloween Driving Safety Tips
- Turn your headlights on early to ensure you see kids walking and they see you.
- Always drive slowly through neighborhoods.
- Take extra time to look for kids at all intersections
- Avoid talking on the phone and eliminate any distraction that may impair your driving