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A family trick or treats in Woodlawn Village. 

Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday for kids and adults alike. For many people, Halloween marks the beginning of autumn and winter holidays. 

In recent years, Halloween has been growing in popularity among adults. Nearly 1 in 3 adults will attend a Halloween party this year. Whether going to a party or trick-or-treating with the kids, don’t forget to think about safety. 

When trick-or-treating with the kids

  • If at home giving out candy, turn all porch and exterior house lights on so folks don’t trip on the steps leading to your house or sidewalk
  • Map out a safe neighborhood route for your children to follow. Walk the route ahead of time, if possible
  • For children younger than 10, an adult should accompany them during trick-or-treating
  • Warn children to never to go inside a home. All trick-or-treating should be done in full view of the porch
  • Reinforce traffic safety rules with your children, including looking both ways before crossing a street and following all traffic signs
  • Make sure costumes are easy to see in the dark. While black is often used to create a scary costume, drivers can’t see it. Use reflective patches. And, check that costumes are flame retardant
  • Be sure you have fully charged cell phones or walkie-talkies in case of an emergency. Make sure the ringer’s on before the kids leave home
  • Masks can impair vision; try using makeup instead

For the Halloween party crowd

  • Designate a sober driver in advance. If you intend to drink alcohol, plan ahead to get home safely with a designated driver, driving service or cab
  • Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend’s home, consider asking to stay overnight or look into hotel accommodations within walking distance. Many hotels offer special Halloween weekend rates and promotions
  • Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. If possible, try to avoid cutting through residential areas where trick-or-treaters are likely. If providing directions to a party, try not to route guests through residential areas unnecessarily
  • Watch for children in the street. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic. Trick-or-treating children may not pay attention to traffic and might cross mid-block or between parked cars 
  • Drive below the speed limit in residential areas 

Halloween is a fun-filled holiday. Follow these safety tips to avoid any unwanted scares. Make Halloween a safe, fun and happy time for kids and adults.