It’s tricky driving when kids seek treats

We just want to offer words of caution to motorists out and about while Halloween trick-or-treaters take to the streets and neighborhoods this week.

Of course, we’re told the weather will not be conducive to this annual tradition so it’s even more important that motorists slow down and watch for the witches, supermen, pirates, pumpkins, ghosts, princesses and other wonderful (and scary) characters trekking the town.

A number of communities have moved their trick-or-treat hours from tonight to Friday and Saturday. (See our story on Page A1 today.)

So here are some basic messages to offer:

– Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.

– Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.

– Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.

– Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.

– When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of those little trick-or-treaters.

Fortunately, there are lots of easy things parents and kids can do to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays.


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