Citizens can trick-or-treat door to door Oct. 31 in Arkansas City, as long as the porch lights are on. There are no set time limits.
Safe Kids Kansas offers the following tips for Halloween safety for parents to consider:
- Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking both ways as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down, 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 as far to the left as possible, facing traffic.
- Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Teach children never to dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick-or-treat with adults
Children younger than 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are lit well and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep costumes creative, 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 to 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 might move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways or alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside the car in order to concentrate fully on the road and surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- The most popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., so be especially alert for kids during those hours.