Sun Editorial: Safety first this Halloween

Parents, kids, homeowners and motorists should follow these tips

Ghosts, goblins, ghouls and a lot of superheroes, princesses, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and characters from “Frozen” will be parading up and down streets in town in a little over a week. Halloween is an exciting time for kids, parents and neighbors alike.

It’s a time for fun, a time for laughter, a time for adorable pictures, a time for candy, a time for celebration and a time when we all need to pay attention to safety.

First and foremost, motorists need to be extra cautious when driving through the streets that day, not just in your own neighborhood, but surrounding ones, as well. Make sure to be aware of trick-or-treating hours, and be especially careful when darkness settles in. Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods, as kids tend to run excitedly from house to house.

Parents should be on high alert that day as well, reminding their kids to look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at intersections and crosswalks, when possible.

If kids are trick-or-treating without adult supervision, make sure they know the route so they don’t get lost and confused. Other safety tips, courtesy of the website, www.safekids.org:

• 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.

If you need more tips or tricks of the trade for trick-or-treating, visit www.safekids.org.

The local police department will have safety recommendations, and the municipality will also have more information about specific rules and regulations for the day.

Be safe this Halloween. And most importantly, have a scary good time!