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Safety Tips For Trick-Or-Treaters

Costumes, candy and distracted pedestrians walking in the dark are all part of the brew on Halloween night. While enjoying the excitement of trick-or-treating, you’re also four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Here are some tips to help you and those you are with stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween: 

  • Wear reflective or bright clothing to be seen at a greater distance. 
  • Use face paint instead of wearing a mask so that your visibility is not obstructed. 
  • Wear a costume that allows you to see and walk safely. 
  • Carry a reflective trick-or-treat bucket or add reflective tape to help you be seen. 
  • Carry a flash light to light the way hand help you be seen. 
  • Place a flashlight in your trick-or-treat bucket to free one hand and light your path. 
  • Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk FACING traffic.
  • Cross streets ONLY at the corners using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • DON’T JAYWALK!  It's against the law in New Jersey and is especially dangerous on Halloween.
  • Look left, right and left again for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Don’t be distracted by talking on the phone, texting, listening to music or eating while you walk.    
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if possible.
  • Plan a “trick-or-treating route” with the fewest street crossings.
  • Stay alert and watch for cars, especially ones that are turning or backing up.