#NWARK and Tulsa Halloween safety tips
Whether you are trick-or-treating, attending a local fall festival, or simply handing out candy, Halloween is an exciting holiday for everyone. If you are planning on going door-to-door, it is a good idea to be prepared, so you and your loved ones can enjoy the decorations and sweets that Halloween brings while also being safe.
We encourage drivers to remember that children will be out in force on Halloween and in Northwest Arkansas; many families start before dark. And remember also that this year, Halloween falls on Monday so it’s likely that trick-or-treaters will be out earlier than normal, including at events during the upcoming weekend.
We also have some great tips for those heading out to get some great candy and have fun.
Costume dos and don’ts
When planning your costume for the night, remember to add something reflective to your outfit. You can also carry around a flashlight or head light. These are essential, so that you stand out against the darkness of the night.
Also, remember to wear a costume that fits properly. If your shoes are too big or your cape too long, there is a higher risk of tripping, falling, and injury. Be wary of masks or other accessories that block your eyesight. There are many alternatives to such products, like makeup or hats.
When your children go out, make sure that an adult is there to supervise and accompany them throughout the evening. No child should be left unattended or be allowed to enter a stranger’s home alone. It is smart to plan out your path ahead of time, that way you know what to expect. If you are walking through a poorly lit neighborhood, make sure to carry an extra flashlight, in case the batteries die or you need extra light.
Make sure to avoid cutting through yards or alleys as it is easier to trip when the ground is not solid or concrete. If you plan on trick-or-treating in a highly trafficked area, always walk on the sidewalk and do not cut between cars. It is also important to remember that you do not have the right-of-way. Wait until all cars have passed before crossing the street.
We hope you enjoy this fun holiday, with safety and responsibility.