Halloween can be a fun holiday for families if you follow these safety tips to keep trick-or-treaters and party goers safe at night!
• There is safety in numbers. Travel in pairs or groups.
• Use crosswalks and be predictable. Walk on the left side (against traffic) and bike on the right side of the road (with traffic).
• Avoid costumes with dragging or dangling materials and vision restricting masks.
• Wear comfortable shoes, layer clothing as needed, and carry water to stay hydrated.
• Wear blinking lights, glowsticks, and bright or reflective clothing.
• Carry flashlights or headlamps.
• Drivers may have poor visibility at night and during sunset. Use caution during these times.
• Host events such as Trunk-or-Treat at schools or parks to incorporate games and physical activity.
• Invite friends and family to trick-or-treat in more walkable communities with sidewalks and streetlights (those with higher Walk Scores).
• Participating in neighborhood activities builds social capital which contributes to a safer community.
Have fun and enjoy a safe holiday!
Author: Melissa Wehnert Roti, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP, GEI