Halloween is a little bit different this year, and King County Public Health has an excellent trick-or-treatise on Covid-Safe guidelines. The Seattle Department of Transportation has a Trick or Street Blocks, and additional resources for socially-distanced trick-or-treating can be found online, such as on Nextdoor or mapmyhalloween.com.
Expect that children will still be out and about.
- Stay alert for increased pedestrian traffic.
- Be patient and SLOW DOWN!
- Give children lots of time to cross the street.
- Excited kids may forget to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the street.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
FOR PARENTS and CAREGIVERS:
- Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or glow sticks.
- Dress children in costumes that are light-colored and clearly visible to motorists.
- Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Small children should always be accompanied by adults.
- Older children should stay in groups.
- Every tricker treater should be wearing a mask this year! If you’re able, please wear a protective cloth mask whenever you can’t socially distance.
- Don’t run! Always walk when crossing streets or going from house to house.
- Look left, right, and left again for cars before stepping off the curb to cross a street.
- Cars may have trouble seeing you. Just because one car stops doesn’t mean they all will.
- Never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
- Stay on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic and get as far to the side of the road as you can.
- Cross streets only at corners and crosswalks. Never cross the street from between parked cars.
- Don’t take shortcuts through back alleys or parking lots.
- Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
- Don’t eat any treats until you get home and have an adult check all candy before eating it.