Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids. To help keep them safe, here is a list of tips:
- Cross the street at corners, use traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left and right before crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- PUT DOWN ELECTRONIC DEVICES, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- ALWAYS walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
TRICK-OR-TREAT WITH AN ADULT
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be without adult supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
KEEP COSTUMES BOTH CREATIVE AND SAFE
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
DRIVE EXTRA SAFELY ON HALLOWEEN
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Trick-or-treat hours in the Town of Louisa are 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm so be especially alert for kids during those hours.