Tips and tricks for staying safe on Halloween

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ST. GEORGE — Spooky night. Scary night. The night of spirits. Monday night is Halloween and the little spirits will be out ringing your doorbell and chanting “Trick or treat!”

It’s a night where children and teens are out in the neighborhood, crossing streets and running from house to house, all while wearing costumes that, in many cases, are dark colors.

Twin Chuckys are armed and ready to terrorize the town, Southern Utah, Oct. 31, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jeremie and Heidi Higgins, St. George News
This photo from Halloween 2015 shows two twin Chuckys armed and ready to terrorize the town, Southern Utah, Oct. 31, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jeremie and Heidi Higgins, St. George News

If there ever was a night when safety should be encouraged, Halloween is the night – as children, adults and even pets will be out on the streets.

With the holiday approaching, Safe Kids Worldwide has provided the following tips to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween:

Walk safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Andrew, Grant and Victoria Barnard dress as Thing 1, the Cat in the Hat and Thing 2, St. George, Utah, Oct. 31, 2015 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
This 2015 Halloween photo shows Andrew, Grant and Victoria Barnard as Thing 1, the Cat in the Hat and Thing 2, St. George, Utah, Oct. 31, 2015 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

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 out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • If available in your area, a “trunk or treat” is a safe alternative for younger children.

Keep costumes 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 safe 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.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Have a safe and fun Halloween.

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1 Comment

  • anybody home October 30, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I find this a joke. Two years ago I lived in a St. George apartment. The building had lots of kids and it was in the middle – well, like all of St. George – a neighborhood of big Mormon families. I stocked up and was looking forward to all those kids at my door. Not a single child arrived. I was boggled by this until someone explained to me that the Mormon church sponsored not just a Halloween party that night, but a sleepover and that they didn’t want the LDS kids to mingle with the non-LDS riffraff. I don’t know what happened for certain, but this article about Halloween made me cringe.

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