October 24, 2022
On the edge of winter, Halloween is an exciting time but can also presents its own challenges. Montanans have a lot to think about when it comes to Halloween. Will there be snow? How can I make this costume warmer? What neighborhood is giving out full sized candy bars? All are valid concerns, however, one of the most important is safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a motor vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. As we work towards the goal of Vision Zero for Montana, staying safe and seen on Halloween should be at the forefront of everyone's mind this year.
Here are some tips to help keep your trick-or-treaters safe:
- Pick costumes that help your child (and you) stay safe! Bright colors help improve visibility. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure it doesn't obstruct their vision while walking. Face paint, particularly for young children, can be a safer alternative.
- Incorporate reflective gear (particularly for dark-colored costumes) into you and your child's costumes. Festive glow sticks or flashlights are also helpful in increasing pedestrian visibility on this holiday
- Make sure to walk on sidewalks when available, and only cross streets at well-lit corners and crosswalks. Always look both ways to ensure it is safe to cross before stepping into the street.
- Avoid phones and other distractions while out walking and remind your kids to do the same.
- Join your child in their hunt for treats! The National Safety Council (NSC) recommends all young children be accompanied by a responsible adult while trick-or-treating for safety.
Motorists can do their part on this holiday by only driving sober, staying alert, and using extra caution when driving through residential neighborhoods as well as when entering or exiting driveways, alleys or other parking areas. Find more safety tips for driving on Halloween here.
Make this Halloween safe, not scary! Find more tips for parents and guardians here