Halloween costumes and scary decorations can make October 31st scary enough. But adding drivers and pedestrians to the mix and the night can be a real nightmare for parents. State Farm encourages drivers to be especially alert on Halloween and designated times in the community when trick-or-treat is taking place. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year. “It’s critical to make sure your kids can be seen on Halloween,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. State Farm offers following tips before hitting the streets in your neighborhood:
Accompany young children, and hold hands when crossing streets.
Look left, right and left again before crossing.
Use a flashlight at night. Reflective tape or bright colors can help children be seen.
Use sidewalks. If you must walk on the street, keep to the far left, facing traffic.
Use face paint instead of a mask, which can obstruct vision.