Halloween Trick or Treating in Macomb will be held
on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, 2014. Hours will be 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Please leave a porch light on if you wish to hand out treats.
Please use extra caution while driving through neighborhoods during these evenings.
Halloween season means little ghouls and goblins running around the neighborhood trick or treating. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Here are some tips from safekids.org to help make your trick or treating a safe experience.
Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Corners are usually more well lit than the middle of the block.
Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat With an Adult
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Macomb’s trick-or-treating hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.