Halloween is just around the corner! For Halloween everyone wants to have the best costume, carve the most creative pumpkins, and scope out the best neighborhoods for the most delicious candy. For us at Daniel Stark, we absolutely want to have the best costumes, but we also want to remind everyone that Trick-Or-Treating can be very dangerous if you aren’t careful. Statistics show that some parents are so fearful of the safety risks of Halloween night, that they forego Trick-Or-Treating altogether. We are here to tell you that you don’t have to skip out on the fun to stay safe, but you do have to be very aware of your surroundings as they are a little more scary on the night of October 31st.

The graphic below from Safe Kids and FedEx shows a few alarming statistics along with a few helpful safety reminders:

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In addition, we would like to provide you with a few more tips to help you and your scary (but cute) little one, stay safe this Halloween!

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. Choose light colors.
  2. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to make them more visible by drivers. You will also be able to keep a better eye on your little one as well.
  3. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. If masks are a must, make sure the eye holes are big enough to see not only in the front but peripherally as well.
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  5. If your kiddos are carrying a prop, make sure they are made of flexible plastic that will bend if fallen on.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  2. Trick-or-Treat in familiar neighborhoods and check your candy before eating.

Drive and Walk Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  2. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children, and make yourself seen in your vehicle.
  3. Enter and exit driveways, and make turns slowly and carefully.
  4. Put electronic devices down when walking and especially driving.
  5. Only allow your children to cross the street with you while Trick-Or-Treating.

If you aren’t Trick-Or-Treating

  1. Make sure your phone is charged. You don’t want to lose your group because finding them will be much harder with masks on!
  2. For every alcoholic beverage, drink one glass of water. Make sure to eat beforehand.
  3. Be sure to have a pre-set ride home. A Designated Driver, a cab ride, or Uber.

Daniel Stark is giving away FREE Uber Rides for Halloween. Please take a moment to get your free code here if you think you will need it. 

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by Rebecca Malcik | October 27th, 2016