Halloween Times and Tips

Halloween trick or treat will be celebrated in New Albany on October 31 from 6-8 pm.

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. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, motorists and parents must be even more alert.  Here are some tips for helping keep young ones safe on Halloween:

Motorists

  • Slow down by at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Look for children crossing the street. Many may not be paying attention.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even during daylight hours.
  • Broaden your scanning area by looking into yards and front porches.

Parents

  • Go with your children, especially if they are 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 never to enter a stranger’s home.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell  your children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible.

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and candy buckets.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision and avoid facemasks.
  • Ensure props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the candy 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.