Halloween is arguably one of the most fun holidays of the year. Trick-or-treating has been a popular activity since the late 1950's and kids look forward to picking out a costume and dressing up as their favorite princess, superhero, animal, and the ideas get more creative each year. But for parents, the thought of their young, overly-excited kids trick-or-treating in dimly lit neighborhoods can be scary. We've compiled a few tips to ensure your kiddos have a fun halloween that's safe and stress-free!


When you're the driver, be sure to:

  • Stay alert in residential neighborhoods, driving slower than usual

  • Anticipate heavier pedestrian traffic

  • Drive with full headlights on so you can spot children from farther distances

  • Take extra time to look for children at intersections, medians, and curbs

  • Remember that costumes may limit a child's visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle

  • Enter and exit driveways much slower than you normally would

  • Remember that children are more excited on this night and may be acting out in ways that would cause them to forget their surroundings and not see you even if you see them

  • Remember that typical trick-or-treating hours are during the rush hour period from 5:30-9 pm

  • Reduce any distractions inside your vehicle so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians (turn down your music, limit conversations, etc.)

When it comes time to take your own kiddos out to get candy of their own, here's what to remember:

  • Remember to cross the street using the proper traffic signals and at crosswalks

  • Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up

  • Walk on sidewalks or paths when possible; if it's not, walk facing oncoming traffic as close to the left as you can

  • Never dart out into the street or in-between parked cars

  • Bring a flashlight, or enable the flashlight setting on your smartphone

  • Wear a reflective jacket, shoes, armband, or other object so that drivers and cyclists will be able to identify you and your kids

We hope you find some great places to trick-or-treat in the San Antonio area this halloween and stay safe while doing so! What other tips do you have to make the most out of halloween evening? Send them our way!

Just for fun measure, do you know why kids have always said "trick or treat" when they ask for candy at each door? Supposedly, the phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat is given (i.e. candy), the child will not perform a trick (be mischievous) on the owner of the house. And from there it just stuck!


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