We all want to have fun at Halloween, but it’s also important to remain safe so here are tips from our team.
Children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. You should always stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic. Walk direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
When walking your neighborhood, cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Never dart out into the street or between cars.
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, wear light colors. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct your vision. Glow sticks are a great and fun way to help drivers see you.
Make sure costumes are the right size to prevent trips and falls.
If you are driving on Halloween, slow down and be alert. The excitement of Halloween means youngsters may be more unpredictable.
Take the extra time to look for pedestrians at intersections and curbs. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy foot traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot people from greater distances.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30pm to 9:30pm so be especially alert during these times. Observe whether there is a light on outside the home. If so, you are free to knock on the door, if not move on to the next house.
If you want to avoid heading out on Halloween there are plenty of events organized throughout New Berlin, Springfield, Modesto, and Palmyra which are both kid-friendly and FREE. Don’t forget to stop by one of our branches for some treats!