Drivers, Bicyclists, Kids, Homeowners, Caregivers, Parents
October 31, 2017
-- The Seattle Police Department
wishes everyone a Happy Halloween and offers these safety tips as kids
to put on their costumes and roam from house to house Tuesday evening.
The infamous Headless Horseman that rides every year at Halloween night in the Sultan, WA. area. Sky Valley Chronicle photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
FOR MOTORISTS & BICYCLISTS:
- Stay alert for
increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Halloween night.
- Be patient and
SLOW DOWN! Give children lots of time to cross the street. Costumes can
impair their ability to see and hear you and to get out of the way
quickly. It also may be difficult for young children to cross a street
quickly and they may not see potential traffic threats, or anticipate
- Excited kids may
forget to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the street. Since
they may be trying to visit as many houses as possible in a short
period of time, children could quickly dart in front of your car.
- Be extra cautious
in areas where vehicles are parked along the side of the street.
Trick-or-treaters may dart into traffic from between parked cars.
Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no
sidewalks in the neighborhood. Also watch for children walking on
medians and curbs.
- Enter and exit
driveways and alleys carefully.
FOR PARENTS and CAREGIVERS:
should carry flashlights or “glow sticks.”
- Dress children in
costumes that are light-colored and clearly visible to motorists.
- Use face paints or
make-up rather than masks that could impair vision.
Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and
- Small children
should be accompanied by adults.
- Older children
should stay in groups.
- Make sure props
such as swords, scythes, pitchforks, spears, wands or knives are
flexible (not rigid) with smooth or rounded tips to prevent eye or
other injuries if fallen on.
- If driving
children to trick-or-treat, make sure they exit the vehicle on the curb
side and not the traffic side.
- Instruct your
children not to eat any candy until they bring it home and you examine
it thoroughly. Inspect commercially wrapped candy for tampering
(unusual appearance, discoloration, tiny pinholes or tears in
wrappers). Discard anything suspicious. Throw out homemade treats.
Secure identification (name, address phone number) on or within a
- Teach children
their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they become lost or
have an emergency. (9-1-1 service can be dialed free from any phone).
- Don’t assume the
right of way when crossing a street. Motorists may have trouble seeing
you. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean they all will.
- Be very cautious
of strangers. A stranger is someone you don’t know who behaves in an
inappropriate way. Adults asking children for help can be potentially
should only visit houses that have porch lights turned on.
- Never enter a
stranger’s house or vehicle.
- Stay on well-lit
streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk
at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Don’t run! Always
walk when crossing streets or going from house to house.
- Cross streets only
at corners and crosswalks. Never cross the street from between parked
- Remove mask or any
item restricting eyesight before crossing streets.
Don’t take shortcuts through back alleys or parking lots.
- Look “left, right,
left again” for cars before stepping off the curb to cross a street.
- Stay away from and
don’t pet animals you don’t know.
- Don’t eat any
treats until you get home.
- Have an adult
check all candy before eating it.
- Stay focused on
your surroundings. If you feel threatened, go to the nearest store or
restaurant and ask to use the phone. Call parents or the police.
don't forget, pets can be frightened by Halloween
activities. Restrain or bring them indoors to protect them
from cars or
accidentally hurting trick-or-treaters.
- Turn on your porch
light. Provide ample outdoor lighting.
- Eliminate tripping
hazards on your porch, yard, and walkway. (Flower pots, lawn furniture,
lawn decorations, bicycles, children’s toys, ladders, garden hoses, dog
leashes, support wires, low tree limbs).