Halloween Safety: Scaring Up Tips to Protect Little Ghouls and Goblins

Attention-seeking behaviour is the wallpaper of modern life (hey, no judgment; we have a favourite Instagram filter too!). But when it comes to Halloween, visibility is more than a social media goal; it’s a potentially life-saving concern.

Before trick-or-treaters hit the sugar circuit, the Alberta Motor Association is scaring up important tips for staying safe this Oct. 31.

And we’re not just talking to kids.

“Halloween safety may sound like the exclusive domain of young families, but it’s a concern that affects us all,” says Michelle Weinhandl, a coordinator with AMA’s School Safety Patrol program. “As a community, we have a responsibility to look out for one another.”

AMA’s Tips for a Safe Halloween

  • Promote visibility with light-coloured costumes, glow sticks, flashlights and/or reflective tape.
  • Masks are a recipe for more spills than thrills, so try using face paint instead.
  • When crossing the street, use designated intersections and crosswalks, and always look both ways.
  • Trick-or-treating in a group helps drivers see you more easily.
  • If your little ghouls are flying solo, walk through the route with them in advance and have set times for them to check-in.
  • Choose costumes that don’t present tripping hazards.
  • Drive with extra caution in residential areas and be on the lookout for kids darting between parked cars.
  • Avoid in-vehicle distractions such as cell phones and loud music.
  • Adults who plan to consume alcohol or cannabis should plan a safe ride home.

All tips can be found at ama.ab.ca/BeSeen. A spokesperson is not available today but members of the media are invited to use the video clips below of Michelle Weinhandl.

About AMA

The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is among the largest membership organizations in Alberta, representing more than 975,000 members. As a leading advocate for traffic safety, travel and consumer protection and crime prevention, AMA represents the interests of its members to industry and all levels of government and helps protect the things they care about most. Visit ama.ab.ca to learn more about AMA’s products, services and member advocacy efforts.