Halloween can be a fun night for all ages – ghoulish costumes, artful jack-o-lanterns and lots and lots of candy. Keep your little ghosts and princesses safe this Halloween by talking to them about Halloween safety.

“This is always a fun time of year for both children and parents, collecting candy and dressing up as scary or cute little monsters,” said Kristen Schuerger, Trauma program manager at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital.

“Children are excited about Halloween and may not use good street sense,” Schuerger added. “Make sure a responsible adult stays with your child while out and about!”

Mercy Health’s Trauma program has tips for parents to share with their trick-or-treaters so that Halloween can remain focused on the treats.

Costume Safety

  • 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. 

Walking Safety

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down, keep 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, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Driver Safety Tips

  • Slow down and be especially 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.
  • Get rid of any distractions - like your phone - in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Have a fun and safe Halloween and keep your cute little monsters safe!