Halloween is a fun time of year for children and even adults, but it is also a time to exercise caution. Despite knowing it's a holiday when children will be walking outside while it is dark, some drivers will not care. Speeding drivers come in all sizes, shapes, beliefs and philosophies. Children often will dart back and forth from one house to the next - without thinking much about the path they are taking to get from point A to B. So, close adult supervision is crucial. Do not assume that all adults will be thinking like you. Some of them have dinner appointments, jobs at night, planes to catch - you get the picture. It's sad to see an otherwise outstanding citizen - a teacher, store manager, secretary speeding through a neighborhood as if on a freeway - but they do it every day and there's nothing that can be done to stop them.
Children should be reminded they are to bring all treats home first, and everyone will go through them to make sure there's nothing "bad," or not allowed.
Take a good look at your child's costume. Is there anything about it unsafe. For example a comic hero with a cape touching the ground, or a mask with eye openings too small. Is a child carrying to many accessories? Are shoes all tied?Take a quick look before everyone heads out. Once you are on the road it's hard to correct these mistakes.
In stores and other public places be aware of groups of adults in masked costume. It seems like every year a few brilliant criminals come up with the idea of a major heist under cover of Halloween costume.
Teenagers and adults out celebrating should have a designated driver. If you do not then most cities sponsor free taxi rides home. It's bad enough to be out drinking and driving on any night, but on Halloween it's doubly wicked so don't do it unless one in your group is willing to step up and do the right thing. There are more holidays coming up so next time that person should be allowed to party and someone else in the group be the non-drinking driver.