Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays we celebrate here in Florida. From ghosts to vampires to clowns and fairies, families are fully costumed and ready for a night of fun. So let’s make sure our students and parents stay as safe as possible while out in our communities with a few helpful Halloween Safety Tips.
- Proper planning. Parents try and map out your routes prior to Halloween. It is much easier to know where you are heading and how you can get the most out of your night of fun.
- Parents try to decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers for visibility at night.
- Have dinner first. A good meal prior to trick-or-treating will discourage children from filling up on sugary treats.
- Make sure that you or a guardian attends the trick or treating with your child if they are under the age of 12. There should always be adult supervision for child safety. Older children, be sure to carry a cellphone.
- Use good traffic judgment. Walking on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic and obeying road signs are great tips to having a safe Halloween.
- Avoid dark and unlighted homes. The homeowners are likely gone or not participating in the evening festivities.
- Be respectful and courteous…even if the treats are not to your liking.
- Patience is key. Try to avoid eating all the treats you receive on Halloween. Too much candy in one sitting can never be a good thing. Try to ration the goods for the days following Halloween.
- Parents should inspect all the treats. Throw away any unwrapped, open or suspicious looking treats.
- Stay alert. If there are any suspicious activities or unlawful activities, please notify law enforcement authorities.
- Most importantly, have fun! Halloween is full of surprises and excitement. Done safely, it can be one of the best celebrations of the year.
Tips for Motorists on Halloween
- Trick-or-treat peak hours are usually 5:30pm to 9:30pm so be especially alert on the roadway.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and curbs. If you cannot see them, they likely cannot see you.
- Watch for stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children. And, if you are dropping of children, please use your hazard lights.
- Park your phone. You do not need any distractions while operating your motor vehicle. Please wait until your vehicle is at a complete stop to call, text, or surf.