From carving pumpkins to haunted houses and finding the coveted full-size candy bar during trick-or-treating, the festivities around Halloween are about making memories, but here at SEC, we also want you to be safe.

On average, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. But Halloween can be enjoyed safely for all parties involved if you pay attention and plan ahead.

  • Costumes
    • With the sun setting earlier and earlier this fall, it’s time to get creative with some Halloween costumes that will stand out in the dark. Bright colors and adding reflective tape can help you spot your child outdoors.
    • If your kids are not fully vaccinated and participating in an indoor event, encourage them to make masks a part of their costume (like a superhero)! But be aware that eye masks can obstruct a child’s vision while walking.
    • Costume sizing matters! Make sure you have a correct fit to prevent trips and falls.
  • Trick-or-Treating
    • While out and about in the neighborhood, tell your children not to accept nor eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
    • Always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds and make sure to only go to homes with a porch light on. If older children are going alone, make sure you have a plan for an acceptable route and return time.
    • When handing out candy, make sure you have a cleared walkway, working outdoor lights, and restrain pets that might be inside.
    • Be aware of cars and always use sidewalks, paths, and crosswalks.

We hope you have a faBOOlous and safe Halloween!