Halloween is Wednesday night and kids across the Sioux Empire and South Dakota are going to be hitting the sidewalks asking for tricks or treats. Halloween can be a fun time but it can also be dangerous for kids who are knocking on doors. Triple A has recently released a top ten list of things to consider before your child starts asking for candy.
One easy way to keep the kids safe is to make sure they can be seen by cars. You can buy reflective tape at hardware stores that is easy to apply to costumes and makes little ones easy to see at night.
This time of year it gets dark at about 6:30 p.m. It's better and safer to keep all trick or treating activities to the daylight hours.
Some costumes are too cumbersome for a child to wear and walk. Make sure that they are able to move freely before heading out the door. While wearing black can be scary, it also makes it hard for drivers to see you coming. Try to avoid the all-dark ensemble.
If you kids want to head out alone, make sure that your kids go out with a flashlight with fully charged batteries.
Masks can be a fun addition to a Halloween costume, but it is better to just use make-up as masks can cut off part of your vision.
Always go out in a group, never walk around on Halloween alone.
Remind your kids to cross streets only at corners and to never cross between parked cars or mid-block.
Make sure you talk with your kids about where they will be trick or treating and make sure they know what areas are off-limits.
If you are in an area that doesn't have sidewalks, tell your kids to always walk facing traffic and as far off the roadway as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control says children are four times more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. So adhere to these simple rules for a safe and happy Halloween.