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Watch Out for Children on Halloween


Watch Out for Children on Halloween

Ridgewood Police Officers will be handing out Glow Sticks to Trick or Traeaters tomorrow while on patrol. The Glow sticks help increase visibility of pedestrians. You can also stop by the Police Desk and pick up glow sticks.

As children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and 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:


• Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.

• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.

• Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.

• Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.

• Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.

• Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.


• Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children 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 to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.

• Establish a time for children to return home.

• Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.

• Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.

• Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.


• Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.

• Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.

• Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.

• Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat 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.

Tips courtesy of AAA

Contact your local AAA club for more tips and information about Halloween safety.


4 thoughts on “Watch Out for Children on Halloween

  1. Most of these are fine, except for the obligatory, “wait to eat treats until you get home.” There of course has never been a single case of anyone in history distributing poisoned or razor blades in candy. The only cases that have existed were parents who poisoned their own kids for insurance money.

    And fire retardant costumes? That implies not making your own out of crap around the house. Boo to that.

  2. Fire retardant costumes may be cancer causing. Certainly home made costumes encourage creativity and originality.

    I’ve never heard of kid burning up in costume. Fire retardant a marketing strategy. We keep our kids to sanitary and they are all allergic to everything. Never heard of peanut or animal allergies when I was a kid and growing up.

    By all means parents, have kids make their own costumes using their precious imaginations from ‘crap” around the house. Remember, who said we are all geniuses until age three. Please don’t discourage originality and creativity in your kids.

  3. Duke Univ. study says kids have cancer causing chemicals in their bodies from exposure to fire retardant materials.

  4. Special attention to Ridgewood moms driving big SUV’s:
    Get off the phone.
    Stop texting.
    Put down the coffee.
    Get the miniature dog off your lap.
    Stop yelling at your kids.
    Drive the (@#*# car and pay attention… and slow the *%#@ down.

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