Just think about that a moment. Halloween is more dangerous when it falls on a Saturday. More people off of work. More people will party and drink and much more!
Halloween Is More Dangerous on a Saturday
“People just have more time to party, more incentive to party because it is the weekend,” spokesperson for AAA, Don Lindsey says.
“A safe Halloween means seeing and being seen,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA Wisconsin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. I am sure that being on a Saturday or even a Friday night can amplify that.
Not only do you need to watch out for drunks and people high on drugs and other witchcraft acts, you will need to watch what houses you go to for sex offenders. It is always best to keep on extra eye on your children if you do go trick or treating. With the way technology has come about, they know have family locators and such that you can use if you come separated.
Another tip is to go slower, don’t rush. Take your time, Parents your children’s aren’t paying attention. You must always be aware of your surroundings!
Plus you never know what kind of candy is handed out and what they may have done to it. But with the growing of food allergies and much more! Make sure you inspect your children’s candy before you allow them to eat any of it!
It is best to only trick or treat at homes you know or go to trunk or treats at local churches. You could also just buy candy for your children.
Does your children have food born allergies? Check out the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Maybe you don’t want to do the whole Halloween gig? Check out these Halloween Alternatives.
There is an old saying expect the unexpected. Also another one, when in doubt, throw it out. Same goes when you are unsure about a neighborhood, when in doubt, don’t go into it.
Below is a list of tips from the AAA News release.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
- Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
- Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
- Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.
- Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
- Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
- Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
- Establish a time for children to return home.
- Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
- Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
- Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.
- Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
- Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
- Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
- Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
- Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
- Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
- Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
- Tell your parents where you are going.