Halloween driving and trick-or-treat safety tips

Updated October 22, 2019
Trick-or-treat safety tips


Here are some trick-or-treat and driving tips to make your Halloween fun and safe.

Driving tips
Kids love Halloween. Is there anything more fun for a child than to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume and stay up past their normal bedtime? With so many trick-or-treaters out at night, the potential for automobile related accidents with young pedestrians increase four times on this night according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study.
Since children are preoccupied with the excitement of the night, motorists need to take extra precautions when driving on Halloween night. Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Don’t use a cell phone or other electronic device. Even with hands-free devices, a driver’s attention is not totally focused on driving when talking on the phone. Avoid distraction by waiting until you’re parked to call, text, or surf.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
  • Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. Children could be crossing the street, or parents may be dropping off children.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn on your headlights earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
The prime time for trick-or-treaters is between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm. If you are out driving during that time, be extra careful. Let’s make sure every child gets home safely on Halloween night.

Tips for trick-or-treatersGirls getting treat from adult.
With all the excitement that Halloween brings, children may forget many of the safety rules you have taught them. Therefore, it is important to carve out some time before your children head out the door on Halloween to remind them of the safety rules that you expect them to follow. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Never get into strangers’ cars no matter what the person says. 
  • If your child is old enough to go out on Halloween with friends, make sure that he/she has a pre-programmed cell phone with all important numbers.
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep head up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • If older children are going out without an adult, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when you want them home.
  • Tell your child to only go to homes with an outside light on, and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • When crossing the street remind your child not to assume drivers will stop. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops doesn't mean others will.
  • Tell your child not to eat any of their treats until you have checked them.

Law enforcement should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
By taking a few precautions before your child heads out for Halloween, you can feel better that your youngster will have a safe and fun-filled evening.