On average twice as many child pedestrians are killed or injured while walking on Halloween compared to other nights of the year. Talk to your witches and pirates about roadway safety. A few simple precautions can make it a fun and safe night for all.
Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
Don't let kids dash across the street to get to the next house. Cross together at the street corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
drivers should slow down and be especially alert when driving in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited during Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Kids under 12-years should trick-or-treat and cross streets accompanied by an adult.
Walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and stay as far to the side as possible.
Drive Safely on Halloween
Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods
Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances
Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians
Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways
Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle
Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs