It’s Fall!  The weather has finally turned and it is time for sweaters, falling leaves, hot chocolate, hayrides, pumpkin farms and, of course, Halloween.  Lots of fun to be had during the cooler, shorter days and here’s a few tips to keep you and your family safe.


Read and know the rules of the hayride before arriving, as some hayrides ban wearing costumes. As for the rules of the ride, make sure your children understand and follow the rules, which probably includes no standing while the ride is in motion.  If there’s a horse pulling the hayride, make sure your child knows not to startle or provoke the horse or to stand behind any horse.  Pay attention when getting yourself and your children in and out of the hayride.  Keep arms and legs inside the wagon. You don’t know the trail the wagon will travel. There might be some tight spaces. Keeping your arms and legs inside the wagon will help make sure nothing hits you.  Hold on as even a little bump on the ride can be dangerous.  Do not use cameras or other devices that will distract you. You may really want to take a quick photo of your family on the hayride to post on Facebook. While the ride is moving, it’s important to keep your focus on the ride and to hold on so you don’t fall off.  Remember you are most likely on a farm so consider wearing closed toe shoes.


Just like hayrides, know and follow the rules of the attraction you are visiting.  Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.


Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flash light.

The National Safety Council offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs

Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully

At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing

Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween


Do not drive through leaf mounds along the curb.  Young children often play in the leaf piles along with their pets.  Also, you may not know where exactly the curb is and end up damaging your tires or vehicle.

Avoid driving on wet leaves if possible – you could slide and have an accident. Always slow down if the pavement is wet. 

We hope you have a healthy, fun and safe Fall!

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