Trick or Trunk: 3 Things to Keep in Mind this Halloween
As the days get colder, the nights get creepier. Halloween is in the air. From customs to safety, here are some car-related things to keep in mind while you prepare for one scariest days of the year.
You + Your Vehicle = Perfect Couples Costume
Your better half. The peanut butter to your jelly. The Batmobile to your Batman. When you’re searching for the perfect couples costume, don’t forget your vehicle. There’s a limitless supply of fantastic car + owner couple combinations from TV, cinema and history.
Some of our favorites include Danny Zuko and Greased Lightning, Jim Douglas and Herbie the Love Bug, James Bond and his Aston Martin DB5, Scooby Doo (or any character from the show) and the Mystery Machine, Marty McFly and the “Back to the Future” 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 and Clark Griswold and his Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
Of course, some vehicles lend themselves better to certain car-stumes, but don’t underestimate the power of cardboard, poster board and a little imagination.
Trick or Trunk!? Get Clever with Your Car
Speaking of decorating your car, who knew the trunk was such a versatile Halloween decoration starter? All you need is a vehicle, an idea and based on some of these displays, a dash of creativity and a splash of patience. While many of these creations work best on hatchback vehicles, there are plenty of scenes you can create with a traditional trunk or pickup truck bed as well, such as the giant frog and treasure chest. Turn your average trunk into one of these spook-tacular displays, and you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood. At least, until next month when someone steals your thunder with a 12-foot snowman.
The Best Halloween is a Safe Halloween
All joking aside, the most important thing to consider before you head out for a night of chilling fun, is safety. Statistics show only one-third of parents talk to their kids about Halloween safety, even though 75 percent of them have fears. So, before your kids hit the streets to wrangle more candy in one night than a human needs in a whole year, sit down and talk Halloween safety basics. Here are some of the most important.
- Remind your kids how important it is to look both ways before crossing the street, cross at the corner, and never run into traffic. On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year.
- If your kids are lucky enough to trick or treat at night, put reflective tape on their costumes. Sure, you might have to convince your child that Spider-Man WOULD wear reflective gear, but if it saves a life, it’s worth it.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the side of the street facing traffic, and stay as far off to the side as possible.
- Drivers need to be extra careful too. Slow down, make sure your lights are on, and be on high alert for kids going rogue because of all that sugar. That includes running, darting across the street, not crossing at corners, etc. And remember, it might be hard to see some children because of their costumes, so pay extra attention and drive slowly.