Editorial for 30 October: Be safe this Halloween

While a lot of Caymanians still don’t celebrate Halloween,
many expatriates do.

Children will be able to trick or treat at various
retailers, shopping centres and neighbourhoods tomorrow night; innocent enough
as long as they are not allowed to run amok through the streets unsupervised until
all hours of the night.

Because while the imported holiday of gathering as much
candy as you can in one night may seem innocent enough for cute little kids
dressed up as pirates or princesses, it is on our roadways at night that
Halloween becomes most scary.

Many adults – expatriates and Caymanians alike – celebrate
Halloween with the spirits of the liquid kind and because bars must close by
midnight by law, slam down as much as they can hold before the last call.

They then get behind the steering wheels of vehicles and, in
many cases, get to their destination for the night on a wing and a prayer. God
forbid there are any children wandering aimlessly in the streets looking for
handouts of candy.

If you plan to drink or are hosting a party where alcohol
will be consumed, please ensure that you and/or your guests have a designated
driver or another safe route home.

If you’re going to let your wee ones don a costume and go in
search of sweet treats, please make sure you are with them at all times.

Review trick-or-treating safety precautions and plan the
route ahead of time. Remind children to stop at the end of driveways to check
for cars, and to never cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.

Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and opt for
non-toxic face paint instead of masks. Check and adjust the length of costumes
to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.
Trick-or-treaters should also carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to help
them see and be seen.

If driving trick-or-treaters between neighbourhoods, always
use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger
side of the vehicle.

However you celebrate Halloween, please be safe. We don’t
need any more road deaths in the Cayman Islands this year.


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