Halloween is one of the favorite holidays for people in Seattle and all throughout Washington State. The sweep of autumn air over the state, the tree leaves exploding in color, and, let’s not forget all of the inventive Halloween costumes. Halloween is the best night to be an entirely new person by dressing up in a costume.
Sadly, Halloween is also one of the most dangerous of holidays. There are so many people on the streets trick-or-treating or in route to Halloween parties that it’s fairly easy for accidents to take place, especially with so many drunk drivers on the road. By following these few simple safety tips, though, pedestrians out trick-or-treating can greatly reduce the chances they will be injured while out on the street to enjoy the Halloween festivities.
Halloween Safety Tip #1: Walk Like a Frankenstein
Before heading out of your house to go trick-or-treating, be sure to help your children brush up on pedestrian safety. Give them a crash course on the basic traffic rules, such as how to properly use crosswalks, look both ways before crossing the road, and to wait for the ‘Walk’ sign when crossing at a traffic light. Make sure you press upon them to always be duly diligent when they’re near any street or roadway. Halloween is a holiday that certainly brings out reckless and irresponsible drivers.
Halloween Safety Tip #2: Only Ghosts Should Be Invisible
One of the best way to make sure everyone is safe when you’re out trick or treating on the streets is to only wear bright costumes that can be seen from a distance. If you have a stubborn child, though, who insists on wearing a Bela Lugosi vampire cape then you should just sneak on a few reflective strips to the back of their costume. This will help any passing cars spot your little vampire child in their headlights. Another useful trick you can use to keep your costumed ghouls and wraiths visible is to equip all of them with glow sticks or even Halloween-themed flashlights.
Halloween Safety Tip #3: Do Not Enter Haunted Houses!
No matter if you live in a safe neighborhood or not, it’s wise to only trick-or-treat at houses you know are safe to visit. If a house is completely dark or the porch light isn’t on, then you might just be better off moving on to the next house. The unspoken rule about Halloween is that if a house is pitch black or lacking Halloween decorations then they might not be interested in hosting trick-or-treaters. Not everyone is keen on having an endless stream of costumed kids ringing their doorbell all night.
If you follow these Halloween 3 tips you’ll go a long way towards keeping you and yours safe this Halloween. For more information about how to be safe this holiday, check out these local resources in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane or Vancouver. Be safe out there, Washington.
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