Halloween is tomorrow! A big part of wellness is promoting safety in our communities. This wellness blog will give your department some quick tips and best practices to promote in advance to the big day tomorrow.
According to SafeKids.com, “On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.” Dark clothing, coupled with dark road conditions and heavy foot traffic on the streets can make trick-or-treating a dangerous affair.
While trick-or-treating in your community may not be happening in park and recreation facilities, your department can still help spread tips and best practices to help ensure safety. Below, I’ve compiled a list of quick Halloween safety tips from the National Safety Council, Safe Kid’s Worldwide, and the CDC for both trick-or-treaters and motorists:
Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home or car
Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
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 children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
There are some simple ways that your department can help spread these tips to your community! First, use your social media platforms to share some of these best practices. Post a list of Halloween safety tips that apply to your community!
Additionally, if your department has any out of school time programs, use the time leading up to Halloween night to help educate your participants. Print handouts of these Halloween Tips to send home with the kids! Activities like this word scramble would be great to do to drive some of these safety tips home!
I hope that you have a great Halloween!
Until next time,