With Halloween approaching quickly, it’s a good time for a reminder to motorists to keep a sharp eye out for trick-or-treaters this weekend.
Parents, too, should be reminding their young goblins, princesses and dinosaurs to be paying attention while out and about.
Halloween is particularly caution-worthy as trick-or-treating often occurs in the twilight and evening hours when lighting and visibility is lower. Costumes, too, can limit trick-or-treaters’ ability to take full stock of their surroundings.
The National Safety Council urges motorists to watch for children on roadways, curbs and medians — taking extra care with entering and exiting driveways and alleys.
Drivers also should be aware that trick-or-treaters might be hard to spot because of dark clothing. The National Safety Council recommends that trick-or-treaters have reflective tape on costumes or bags. Glow sticks can be a fun accessory that helps with visibility.
It’s also a good idea to have a parent or other responsible adult accompany trick-or-treaters on the Halloween rounds.
The National Safety Council also recommends that trick-or-treators travel in “familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.”
Halloween in Ketchikan is a fine tradition. With clear, cold weather in the forecast Sunday, we anticipate that a lot of folks will be out enjoying the evening. Let there be thrills and chills, with everyone returning home safe and sound.