According to AAA, more than 41 million children between ages 5 and 14 will be trick-or-treating on Wednesday, Oct. 31. What more, it’s also a busy night on the roads – and the worst night for vandalism. To help you avoid the tricks of Halloween, here are five simple tips to help you keep the ghouls away this holiday.
Keep the Lights On
A well-lit home keeps burglars and vandals at bay while providing safe entry to party guests or trick-or-treaters. Also make sure that you keep walkways and stairs illuminated and clear of debris.
Stay on the Lookout for Pedestrians
Drive slowly and always be on the lookout for kids that come out of nowhere. Turn your headlights on early in the day to spot children from greater distances. And, don’t be afraid to use your horn if you’re concerned that trick-or-treaters don’t see you.
Don’t Drink and Drive
There’s a lot of drinking during the Halloween holiday period (Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to Nov. 1, 5:59 a.m.) and unfortunately, a lot of drunk driving. In fact, 168 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes, during the period of 2012-201. If you’re attending an adult Halloween party, drink responsibly and don’t drive. If you’re hosting a Halloween holiday party, make sure you serve nonalcoholic beverages and food along in addition to any alcoholic beverages. Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.
Check Your Insurance Policy
Make sure your home-owners policy covers vandalism and personal injury as these tend to spike upwards during Halloween night. If you’re going out for the night, make sure that all doors and windows are locked.
Protect Your Car
Keep you cars in a garage or in a well-lit, safe area to avoid them being egged or stolen. Make sure the windows are up and car doors are locked. Vehicles are nearly twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween as on an average day