Daniel T. Goodwin Law
Halloween Safety – Staying Safe While Trick-or-Treating
Halloween is only one week away and soon the streets will be filled with trick-or-treaters dressed in their costumes as they go door-to-door in their quest for candy. Unfortunately, kids and families must share these streets with drivers who may be distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you are out trick-or-treating this year, be aware of cars on the streets. Drivers may have a hard time seeing children, especially small children or children dressed in dark costumes, particularly in areas that do not have adequate street lighting.
All pedestrians have the duty to exercise reasonable care to maintain their own safety. This year, take the following precautions to help stay safe:
- Travel in groups;
- Travel with at least one adult;
- Stick to streets with good street lights;
- Carry flashlights (turned on), glow sticks, or light-up jewelry;
- Wear colorful costumes;
- Trick-or-Treat early in the evening when there is still sunlight; and
- Stay on sidewalks and only use crosswalks to cross the street;
- Be mindful of cars that may be exiting or entering driveways.