Halloween is next week, which will bring an abundance of little costumed creatures out to trick-or-treat into the dark evening hours.
Awareness is key to keep the spooky night a safe, fun event for all. Kids should dress appropriately and follow basic safety rules while navigating their neighborhoods through Manatee and Sarasota counties. Motorists should be alert to the potential increase in pedestrian traffic.
Reader’s Digest shares some ways to elevate the visibility of — and minimize potential injury to — those out in costume:
Being a smart pedestrian is also crucial on Halloween night, whether you’re ringing doorbells around your neighborhood in Venice or haunting your Lakewood Ranch cul-de-sac. SafeKids suggests crossing the street at corners and in crosswalks and following traffic signals. Looking both directions before crossing – and checking while crossing – intersections will promote safe passage.
The onus to preserve safety is not just on the trick-or-treater. SafeKids advises that popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., therefore drivers should be alert during these hours, especially in residential neighborhoods. Operators of motor vehicles should drive slowly and be prepared for excitable groups of children that may move unpredictably.
A night of fun could turn frightful quickly, but following a few simple suggestions can keep everyone safe and leave the spooking to the costumed characters.
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