In light of the recent tragic vehicle-versus-pedestrian traffic collisions, we want to remind trick-or-treaters and their families to be mindful of safety and to use common sense while trick-or-treating. Here are several tips that you could use to increase your chances of having a safe and memorable Halloween:
- Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and continue to look as you cross
- Put your electronic devices down and keep your heads up and walk – don’t run – across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths
- If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up and teach children to never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick-or-treat with an adult
- Children under the age of 12 should not trick-or-treat alone without adult supervision
- If kids are mature enough to trick-or-treat on their own, they should trick-or-treat in groups in familiar areas that are well lit
Keep costumes both creative and safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and – if possible – choose light colors
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls
Drive even more carefully on Halloween
- Slow down and especially be alert in residential neighborhoods
- Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so especially be alert for kids during those hours
Have an enjoyable time celebrating Halloween, but remember to still be cautious of your surroundings. If you see suspicious activity and or see a crime occur, please contact the San Gabriel Police Department 626.308.2828.
For more information on Halloween safety tips and other topics, please contact the Community Engagement Bureau of the San Gabriel Police Department at 626.451.5452.