Halloween Safety Tips for Families

Happy Halloween everybody! 

All Hallows Eve is tonight and Wythall is gearing up for its first Witch Walk. 

With such a large group of children out tonight with the Witch Walk and individually, we wanted to put together an article with tips to keep everyone safe and make sure everyone has a fun Halloween. 

One of the main problems facing Wythall is how dark it gets. Even with the introduction of the LED street lamps there are still roads around here which are almost in darkness. 

To ensure your costumes can be seen in the darkness you can:
  • 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. 

If your kids are going out unsupervised make sure they're clear on how to safely get around the village: 
  • 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, 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.
  • Tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

It's also important that divers are aware there will be large amounts of children out on the streets and to drive in a safe manner:
  • 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 crossing and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Get rid of any distractions - like your phone - in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.

We hope everyone enjoys there trick-or-treating tonight and hope that the Witch Walk is a big success!