A Few Reminders to Help Keep our Kids Safe this Halloween (Includes Local Halloween Events Taking Place October 31st!)
The frightening fact is that, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. As a parent or caregiver, here are a few important rules of the road to share with your costumed pedestrians before stepping out.
- Prepare your trick or treater with trick or treat safety items: a flashlight, reflective tape or strips applied to costumes and candy bags, and an emergency contact information card in case they get lost or separated from the group.
- Trick or treat as part of a large group with a responsible adult. Kids 12 and under should never be unattended while trick-or-treating.
- Consider trick-or-treating at a local organized event! We’ve included a list of Cape Cod events below for your convenience.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Look both ways before crossing the street at a crosswalk or intersection.
- Walk, don’t run between houses to avoid trips and falls.
- DRIVERS slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. If you have any doubt about the safety of a treat, throw it out.
- Carrying a glow stick is one way to see and be seen as night wears on, but did you know that the luminescent liquid inside a glow stick is minimally toxic in small amounts? Do not allow children to chew on glow sticks. Symptoms of ingestion can include mouth or throat irritation and vomiting. Better yet take a flashlight.
- Children are curious and put all sorts of things in their mouths. Confusing medicine with candies can make Halloween go from spooky to scary. Practice safe medication storage. Keep all medications and vitamins, including your emergency supply, up and away and out of reach and sight of children to avoid confusion with Halloween treats.
- Halloween can be tricky for children with food allergies. Parents: always read labels (avoid treats without labels), carry an epinephrine auto-injector (if prescribed), and learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project®, an initiative started by Food Allergy Research and Education to provide non-food treats, such as stickers, school supplies, and small toys, to kids with allergies.
Halloween Events Taking Place on Cape Cod Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Instead of taking the neighborhood route, you can always choose to participate in one of Cape Cod’s local Halloween events!
WHERE: Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port
WHEN: October 31, 2023 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Safe Halloween in Yarmouth Port Several venues around Yarmouth Port Common on Route 6A will offer treat-or-treat and safe Halloween activities on Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Participating are the Captain Bangs Hallet House, Gorey House, Thacher Hall, Winslow-Crocker House and the Chapter House. The Yarmouth Port Library also will offer a spooky story at 5:30 p.m. in Thacher Hall. All events are free and open to all ages. No Registration needed.
WHERE: Cape Cod Mall, 769 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601
WHEN: October 31, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Get ready for a FANG-tastic time!! Join us on Tuesday, October 31 from 4PM to 6PM, dressed in your spookiest Halloween costume and trick or treat throughout the mall at participating retailers.
WHERE: Main Street Hyannis (the road will be closed to traffic!)
WHEN: October 31, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Hyannis Main Street will be closed to traffic so everyone can safely trick or treat! Main Street businesses will be handing out treats, we can’t wait to see everyone in their costumes, it will be a spooky good time!
WHERE: Harwich Community Center, 100 Oak St. Harwich
WHEN: October 31, 2023, 5:30 PM
Dress up in your Halloween costumes and stop by our trick-or-treat drive-thru service to pick up a goody-bag. No need to get out of the car!
There will be traffic-flow directional signs to follow when you arrive. Children must be present. Pre-packaged goody-bags are limited to 1 per child. No early birds please. Lasts until all goody-bags have been given out.
WHERE: Wellfleet Drive in Theater, Route 6A in Wellfleet
WHEN: October 31, 2023 from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
FREE and includes FREE HOT DOGS & CIDER
Trunk or Treat is a fun and safe way for children of all ages to trick or treat on Halloween night. We host our Trunk or Treat at the Wellfleet Drive-In and Cinemas in Wellfleet. We line up vehicles in the wooded parking area where families can bring kids to trick or treat from trunk to trunk. All trunks are decorated and are excited to see local families having a great time on Halloween night.
WHERE: Cape Cod Church, 1205 Nathan Ellis Hwy, East Falmouth
WHEN: Tuesday, October 31, from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
TRUNK-OR-TREAT: a free night of fun for the whole family! Featuring decorated cars, food trucks, community organizations, inflatables, carnival games, face-painting, and LOTS of candy!