by Taylor Gorman
Halloween is in a few weeks, this means a lot of young kids will be walking the streets in the dark.
Trick-or-treating can be very exciting because the kids get to be whatever they want and they get a bunch of candy.
On the other hand, it can be dangerous due to the people driving down the streets who do not see the trick-or-treaters, strangers coming up to kids, and children not paying attention to what is happening around them.
Some tips that can help prevent all this is to stay on the sidewalk, be attentive, and to always stay in a group.
One important thing parents should give their kids are reflectors or a flashlight if they decide to go out trick-or-treating at night. This will help people see others better and to keep everyone safe. While walking from house to house always walk on the sidewalk, not in the street, to stay out of the car’s way.
Another tip is to always be paying attention to your surroundings.
If you are crossing the street look both ways before crossing. Look multiple times before doing so because you never know a car could pop out of nowhere, especially since it is dark. Also pay attention to the people around you. Even though you might be in your own neighborhood, you still have to keep an eye on strangers.
There is a small chance that you will not be alone but just in case, always be in a group. Being in a group is a safe way to have fun. You can have fun while feeling good about where you are. “If you are alone it is more likely that a stranger could come up to you and or kidnap you,” says Katherine Kayata, a Senior at NAHS.
While trick or treating make sure you are always with someone, look around, and pay attention to your surroundings.