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.