Parents are willing to do anything for their children. With the approach of Halloween, we at AroundAbout Local Media want to urge you to have conversations with children about Halloween safety and safety in general. After all, it was only last month in September that an attempted abduction took place within the county. This event set social media ablaze as school officials, county officials, and parents shared the information through various alerts.
We know that many children in and around the Woodstock community will be visiting KidsFest in downtown Woodstock on Halloween. We expect that the roads will be packed with people trying to get to KidsFest and with plenty of others on the roads as trick or treaters travel with their parents to various destinations for Halloween activities.
Children out and about at KidsFest and trick or treating in neighborhoods means that it is important to take a variety of extra precautions. These are related to the areas of driving, sticking with a group and an adult, and general safety. In an effort to keep children in our community as safe as possible, we wanted to pass along a few safety tips from SafeKids.org and from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding these key areas.
Slow down. If you are out and driving on Halloween, it is important that you slow down. This is especially true in residential neighborhoods and at intersections and crosswalks.
Take time. It is okay to take your time as you drive through congested areas. Keep in mind that children could be crossing the road at a variety of place. They may be so excited that they forget to cross at crosswalks.
Go distraction free. We’ve shared about the #itcanwait campaign before. While it is always important to drive without a device, it is especially important to drive without a device on Halloween.
Ages and Locations
Children under the age of 12 should be with an adult. Adults can help children keep their eyes and ears open for cars in the midst of excitement.
Children over the age of 12 should remain with a group of trusted friends. If children are granted the freedom to trick-or-treat without an adult, it is important that they stay with one or more trusted friends.
Stick to familiar neighborhoods and routes. If children get separated from an adult or group, they will still know where they are.
General Safety Tips
Watch carefully. Keep a close eye out before crossing the street and for cars that may be backing out of or pulling into driveways.
Go Device Free. You will want to keep a phone with you for emergency purposes, but it is important to keep eyes off of the screen while trick-or-treating so that attention is in the right places.
Reflective tape. Add an extra level of safety for a child by adding reflective tape on costumes and on trick-or-treating bags or buckets.
The statistics are scary. According to safekids.org, “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.” We hope that this year’s Halloween celebrations are fun and safe for all! Happy Halloween from AroundAbout Local Media!