Halloween is on its way and that means the streets will be filled with eager and decorated children looking for candy! This is an exciting time of year, filled with imagination, decorations and sweets! It is important, however, not to get caught up with all the excitement and to make sure to remain cautious during this hectic event. For yours and the safety of your family, we have put together a list of tips to keep in mind on Hallows’eve.
On Halloween, trick-or-treaters will be on the hunt for candy, which means that they will be constantly crossing the street in order to cover more ground. If you plan on driving in residential neighborhoods during this time, it is extremely important to drive slowly and be extra aware of your surroundings. The most popular hours for trick-or-treaters are between 5:30pm and 9:30pm, which is also when it’s dark. Make sure that you have your headlights on, not only so that you can see all the ghosts and princesses who may be in your way, but so that they can see you, too.
Walk Safely and Stick Together!
It’s equally as important to walk safely during Halloween. Always keep tabs on the trick-or-treaters you are accompanying and make sure to stay in a group. It is also important to communicate basic rules for crossing the street to all the kids you’re looking after, rules such as: to cross the street at corners only, to use traffic signals, to look left and right when crossing and to walk with your head up and not down on the ground. You must also never assume the right of way, so always make eye contact with a driver before crossing in front of them as it confirms that they are aware you are there. Lastly, stay on the sidewalk as much as possible. If there are no sidewalks, a good rule of thumb is to walk facing traffic, and as far to the left as possible.
Costumes Should be Creative, Noticeable, and Safe
Even though the streets are lit up by decorative lights, Halloween still falls at nighttime. It is crucial to make sure that your child is visible, so when planning their costume, add bright and reflective elements. This will guarantee that you will be able to spot your child from far away, as will drivers. Another alternative could be adding a strip of reflective tape to the trick or treat bags, the probability of that bag filled with candy leaving your child’s hands is very unlikely. It is also important to ensure that their costume accessories are safe to carry.
Watch That Candy!
When you’re getting an endless supply of sugar, it’s hard not to indulge in it as soon as you can. Help your little ones resist the temptation, by planning a good meal prior to heading out on the candy hunt. This will discourage them from eating too much candy during their trick or treating adventure, and coming home with a simultaneous sugar rush and upset stomach. When they do come home, sort through all of their goodies and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. It’s always good to be cautious. The last step to ensure there are no post Halloween stomachaches is to ration the candy for the following days after Halloween.
If you don’t want the fun to only last one day, there a tons of Halloween events happening in our community!
JAMband Family Festival
Located at the western end of Golden Gate Park, the JAMband Family Festival will be sure to have your little one rocking out. Celebrate Halloween with them early on October 30th from 3pm-5pm and get into the halloween groove.
Boo at the Zoo
Trick-or-treat amongst giraffes and penguins at the San Francisco Zoo on October 29th and 30th from 11am-4pm at their Boo at the Zoo event!. There will be many trick-or-treat stations, halloween crafts and family-friendly activities that are all free with regular zoo admission. Make sure to come in costumes!
5th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party
Located at the Japantown Peace Plaza, the 5th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party is a free event for kids of all ages. This event includes fun halloween activities like face painting, a bouncy house and temporary tattoo stations. There will also be trick-or-treating stations set-up for children in costume, where they will receive candy and other surprises. Taking place October 30th from 1-5pm, this is a Halloween party your little ones don’t want to miss!
From all of us at Peninsula Auto Body, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!
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South San Francisco, CA 94080
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