Halloween is supposed to be scary, but scary in a fun way. Last year, the annual October trick-or-treat fest mostly suffered the same fate as all of our other celebrations; it was cancelled due to COVID. This year, parents everywhere are asking the same question: Is it safe to let the kiddos indulge in the giant candy free-for-all that we’ve come to know and love? The good news is that the experts are answering that question with a resounding yes! Our beloved Halloween has been declared (mostly) free from the dangers of COVID, with a few new caveats.
Along with all of the trick-or-treating and spooky décor comes a variety of safety issues and concerns that can turn this into a not-so-fun Halloween. You might choose to throw a party or attend one…or you might just take the kids out for an evening of family trick-or-treating. From drivers rushing home to be part of the family festivities to unattended and distracted older costumed children walking or running in the dark. Keep in mind, as is usually the case on this particular night, many people will be on the roads and you need to safe.
At Freeway Insurance, we want to ensure you and your family have a “spooktacular” and safe Halloween. Here are a few recommended steps for avoiding COVID, and making sure that you are implementing safe driving habits:
- Mask wearing is a fairly normal part of a costume, so incorporate a mask into yours.
- Set up treat stations outside, if possible, and hand trick-or-treaters individually-wrapper candies instead of letting them grab their own.
- Have a hand sanitizing station or carry hand sanitizer with you while trick or treating.
- Never go into a stranger’s home. Avoid situations where you need to ride an elevator with other people or walk in a hallway or stairway to access someone’s home.
- Avoid attending indoor events, such as parties or haunted houses, where ventilation and unvaccinated people might attend.
- Dress kids in comfortable, fire-resistant clothing, make sure their field of vision is clear and use reflective tape on costumes or carry glow sticks.
- Trick or treat in well-lighted neighborhoods and do not cross the street between parked cars.
As a driver, always expect the unexpected (especially on Halloween). You should drive slowly through residential areas. Don’t pass stopped vehicles that may be dropping off children and always use your turn signals. As always, don’t drive distracted. Answering your cell phone isn’t worth the possible ramifications.
At Freeway Insurance, we want you and your children to have a fun and safe Halloween – and we also don’t want you to be scared by getting good auto insurance! We offer competitive, affordable rates – even for drivers who are having trouble finding insurance elsewhere. Contact us for a free auto insurance quote today!