2020 Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a little bit different this year, and King County Public Health has an excellent trick-or-treatise on Covid-Safe guidelines.  The Seattle Department of Transportation has a Trick or Street Blocks, and additional resources for socially-distanced trick-or-treating can be found online, such as on Nextdoor or mapmyhalloween.com. 

Expect that children will still be out and about. 

FOR DRIVERS:

  • Stay alert for increased pedestrian traffic.
  • Be patient and SLOW DOWN! 
  • Give children lots of time to cross the street.
  • Excited kids may forget to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the street. 
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

FOR PARENTS and CAREGIVERS:

  • Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or glow sticks.
  • Dress children in costumes that are light-colored and clearly visible to motorists.
  • Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Small children should always be accompanied by adults.
  • Older children should stay in groups.

FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS:

  • Every tricker treater should be wearing a mask this year! If you’re able, please wear a protective cloth mask whenever you can’t socially distance.
  • Don’t run! Always walk when crossing streets or going from house to house.
  • Look left, right, and left again for cars before stepping off the curb to cross a street.
  • Cars may have trouble seeing you. Just because one car stops doesn’t mean they all will.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic and get as far to the side of the road as you can.
  • Cross streets only at corners and crosswalks. Never cross the street from between parked cars.
  • Don’t take shortcuts through back alleys or parking lots.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
  • Don’t eat any treats until you get home and have an adult check all candy before eating it.