- Be extra careful with children crossing
Halloween is one of the most anticipated events of the year because it is so fun! People get to dress up as their favorite characters and ghouls and ghosts will haunt the streets. Children and parents will be out in masses to hunt for these delicious candies and those who do not comply may well have a spell cast on them if they do not deliver the goods! Streets will be crowded, so if driving, slow down and ensure the safety of pedestrians whether they cross in between or outside the lines.
- Consider using flashlights instead of candles
Now is the time to gather with family and friends, eat tons of pumpkin cake and use your creativity and imagination to decorate the house. If you tend to go above and beyond with all things Halloween, we strongly recommend considering using fake candles or flashlights to lighten the porch or the living room in the safest possible way. Nobody likes their house burning on Halloween night so this will greatly reduce the risk of a fire.
- Watch out for children in dark clothing
Horror movies protagonists, superheroes, public figures… there is no shortage of characters to pick from to make a great impression and beat the competition on Halloween! However, some costumes may be very dark and difficult to see at night. Make sure to pay extra attention and spot kids who wear dark clothing to avoid any unfortunate accident.
- Celebrate responsibly
Halloween is the perfect occasion to gather with friends (when there is no pandemic, that is, or if you are lucky enough to live in an area that allows small gatherings). Time to have fun and do your best impersonation of Count Dracula or the Frankenstein creature! If going to someone’s place, make sure to designate a driver for the night and drink in moderation. Do not drink and drive. NHTSA has reported that 42 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2013 to 2017 were in crashes involving drunken driving. (1)
- Avoid driving if you can
There is far less worry to have on Halloween night if you can avoid getting behind the wheel. To fully enjoy the festivities, consider taking public transportation if leaving your place or walking if possible.