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Oct 31
​Keeping Halloween Happy & Safe


Today's the day both adults and kids have fun dressing up in their scary best. It's a fun evening – but it's also one of the deadliest. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Here are some tips on how to stay safe, from Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit whose mission is to reduce preventable injuries among children.

  • Use reflective tape or stickers to decorate costumes and bags/pumpkins. Choose light colors for costumes and face paint instead of masks, which can obstruct vision.
  • Give kids flashlights or glow sticks to wave. It will help drivers see them.
  • Accompany kids under the age of 12. Older kids should be reminded to stay in familiar neighborhoods and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Peak hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. – so drivers, please be especially cautious during these hours.
  • Cross the street at corners. Stop, look, and listen before you cross.
  • Put those cell phones down while walking, keep your heads up and be alert.
  • Drivers: Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Take a few more seconds at intersections and look at medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways carefully.

The Astros play the Dodgers in game six of the World Series tonight – so many of you accompanying children may be wrapping up trick-or-treating by 7 p.m. Stay safe, have fun. Go, Astros!



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