Halloween is definitely a fun event for kids whose excitement builds in the weeks and days preceding the holiday. Unbeknownst to our little goblins and ghouls-many parents’ anxiety grows. We hope that all drivers slow down and are on high alert while our little ones are out and about. Kids get distracted easily with all the excitement of trick or treating and are out roaming in the dark typically later than they usually are or farther from home than usual.

That’s why it’s important to talk to your children about keeping safe on Halloween. Letting them know to watch out for cars and trick or treat in familiar, well-lit areas are just a few things they should know. Children should venture out with an adult until they are at least 12 years old on Halloween. Going out with a group is definitely safer and staying with that group is especially important.

On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. Instructing them to use crosswalks, cross streets at corners, obey traffic signals, avoid short cuts, use sidewalks and to walk, not run are important. Wearing reflective tape and carrying flashlights will increase their visibility as well.

Parents should dress their children in well fitting shoes and costumes to avoid tripping and opt for makeup instead of masks that restrict their ability to see. Halloween is one of the most anticipated days of the year for children so following a few simple steps and educating your kids to keep safe will avoid unnecessary tragedy and ensure a spooktacular Halloween experience!