KINGMAN - Halloween can be frightenly good fun or a frightening trip to the emergency room. It's the one night of the year where large numbers of children are out after dark in dark, sometimes oversized, costumes that make it hard for motorists to see them.
"While Halloween is a lot of fun, it can also be a very dangerous night for children," said AAA Arizona Public Affairs Director Linda Gorman. "It is very easy for children to get wrapped up in the excitement of the night."
AAA and the Teachers' Insurance Plan offer a number of Halloween safety tips:
Motorists need to be careful and slow down, especially around dusk or when driving around a hill or curve. Try to avoid neighborhoods that may have large number of trick-or-treaters.
Parents should help their children pick costumes with bright colors or add reflective tape to the costumes, so children can be seen.
Try to avoid costumes with masks. They can limit a child's vision. The Teachers' Insurance Plan suggests using makeup instead.
Be sure the child's costume fits well. Check that nothing is loose or could come loose. Make sure shoes fit and hem lines are short enough that a child won't trip.
Children should be accompanied by an adult or travel in a group with an adult. Stay on well-lit streets with sidewalks; avoid areas with heavy traffic. Cross streets at crosswalks and corners, and don't walk between parked cars. Equip each child with a good flashlight with fresh batteries.
Feed your children dinner before sending them out to trick-or-treat. A full tummy means less temptation to eat too much candy. Check the candy to make sure nothing has been tampered with.
Residents should keep an eye out for anything in the yard that might trip a child. Turn on outside lights so children can see.
The Kingman Police Explorers' Pumpkin Patrol - officers, explorers and volunteers - will be out in force patrolling neighborhoods. They will have bags of goodies for trick-or-treaters and will also be on the lookout for mischief-makers.