Is anyone else astonished by how quickly the year has flown? I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it is already fall, Halloween is only a few days away and pretty soon we’ll be in full-on Thanksgiving and Christmas mode!

We all want our little ghosts and goblins to have fun on Halloween, but we also want them to be safe. Keep these things in mind as your little ones are out trick-or-treating this year.

  • Make sure costumes are the appropriate length/size. This helps prevent trips and falls.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. We all know Iowa weather is unpredictable, make sure you can add layers under costumes in the case of cold weather.
  • Use face paint whenever possible and avoid masks. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Put away electronic devices and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Never dart out into the street from between parked cars.

If you aren’t trick-or-treating this year but will be out and driving keep these tips in the back of your mind.

  • Drive slowly, especially in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited and aren’t always paying attention, make sure you are.
  • Take extra time to look for children in intersections, on medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  • You should never text and drive, but especially on Halloween eliminate the distractions.
  • Be alert especially during trick-or-treat times. (Check local papers so you are aware of trick-or-treat times).
  • Be patient. Remember how much fun this night was when you were a kid. A little inconvenience is a very small price to pay for the enjoyment and safety of the children.

Have a happy and safe Halloween from all of us here at Ludovissy and Associates!


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