Halloween can be fun for kids, but worrisome for parents and drivers.
Here are some tips, provided by the Washington State Patrol, to keep your trick-or-treater safe:
• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
• Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective, so drivers can easily see them.
• Consider adding reflective tape or glow sticks to costumes for greater visibility.
• Costume masks can limit a child’s or parent’s ability to see a hazard.
• Consider makeup or a hat as a safer alternative.
• Have children stay in groups for safety.
• Do not allow children to run across streets. Use crosswalks or intersections.
• Have a rally point in case you become separated.
• Review with children how to dial 911, should the need arise.
With trick-or-treaters canvasing the neighborhoods, drivers need to be on high alert. Drivers need to slow down when entering neighborhoods and be prepared to stop for children in the roadway.
If you plan on attending a Halloween party, please don’t drink and drive. Arrange for a designated driver.
Local community events are also a safe alternative to children crossing multiple neighborhood streets. Check your local community event calendars for times and locations. Kent Station offers an event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31.