WisDOT: Tips to keep your little ghosts & goblins safe this Halloween

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MADISON (WITI) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) encourages parents and caregivers to give their little ghosts and goblins a refresher course on safe walking and biking this Halloween.

Children need to be visible. They should wear bright colored or reflective costumes and accessories, such as arm bands and glow sticks. For trick or treaters walking from house to house, a flashlight is a must-have; while lights and reflectors are essential for those making the rounds by bike.

WisDOT recommends these additional Halloween safety tips:

  • Travel in groups to be more visible to passing drivers.
  • Choose costumes that don’t restrict a child’s ability to see.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street at established crosswalks; never cross between parked cars.
  • Always wear a helmet when biking, and avoid wearing loose fitting clothing.

For additional walking and biking safety information, visit WisDOT’s kids safety web site.