Halloween Safety & Fun – Tips for Trick-or-Treating Tonight

FREMONT – Halloween is upon us and soon the streets will be filled with little trick-or-treaters on their annual candy collecting mission. To make sure the night stays fun for everyone, the CDC and National Safety Council have a few tips.

Stay warm

In Fremont, the temperature will be around 40° at 6PM, prime trick-or-treating time. To make sure that kids are warm enough while walking the neighborhood, use layers. Leggings, sweatpants, tights, tank-tops, thermal tees and sweatshirts can be layered underneath most costumes to keep warm while walking. As the evening progresses, the temperature will dip down toward the lower 30s – if you plan to be out later than 7PM, keep a coat nearby.

Be visible

Make sure vehicles can see your trick-or-treaters while they’re out and about after dark. Sunset is at 6:22PM tonight, and it will be fully dark by 7PM. Flashlights, reflectors, glow sticks or glow jewelry can all help keep kids visible after dark. Make sure kids only gather those treats on well-lit streets and cross streets at the corner or cross-walk – kids should never dart out from between vehicles at the curb, especially after dark on busier streets.

Watch the road

Drive extra carefully, slow down, and don’t drive distracted. Make sure your headlights are on, and try to stick to main thoroughfares instead of driving neighborhood streets whenever possible. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully, and look twice for trick-or-treaters.

New or inexperienced drivers should be accompanied by an adult when driving on Halloween.

Keep pets safe & inside

Halloween is the 2nd most common day for pets to become lost. Dogs, especially, can be confused and frightened by makeup, costumes and masks – in their confusion, some dogs will bolt. Cats, too, can become upset by frequent visitors or simply curious about the door opening & closing all night. Keep your indoor pets away from the doorway – consider closing nervous pets into a comfortable, safe room for the trick-or-treating hours tonight.

If your pets are participating in tonight’s festivities, make sure they’re on a leash and under the control of a responsible adult or older child.

And don’t forget to check your candy…