On the spookiest night of the year, little monsters will be running throughout the neighborhoods looking to create a large candy stash for the coming weeks.
As they dash from house to house and across streets, they are more concerned about hitting as many houses possible, rather than looking for cars.
While typically those who are out at night on a normal night will wear reflective gear, most trick-or-treaters don’t. Don’t expect trick-or-treaters to be crossing only on crosswalks or wearing reflective gear. From ninjas to princesses, the colors and costumes vary. Be the one who is alert and watching; expect the unexpected.
Don’t let yourself get distracted by all the costumes or decorations. On Halloween, the number of traffic accidents is known to rise due to these out-of-the-norm distractions. Do your part as a driver and be educated on how to avoid these new distractions.
If possible, avoid neighborhoods and high foot traffic areas where trick-or-treaters will be scurrying around on sugar highs and excitement. However, if you have to be out driving, take extreme caution and drive slower than normal through neighborhoods.
Think about the weather before you go driving. If it is raining, while fewer individuals may be out trick-or-treating, there will still be some brave souls and they will be harder to see in the rain. Make sure your windshield wipers are in working condition to help you get better sight on the road. Have your lights on and make sure that you stop at crosswalks in case a goblin runs across. When one runs across, always expect more to follow as typically children trick-or-treat in groups or at the very least have a parent with them.
Above all, if you can stay home on Halloween and let children have fun running from house to house, that is the best way. Unless it is an emergency, consider staying indoors for one night out of the year. Plus, who wants to be out driving when you could be handing out candy and admiring costumes that way!
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