With a little help from the OnStar Guardian app, the whole family can feel safe and have a fun Halloween
If there’s a better feeling than riding her motorcycle along the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys, Eden Jach doesn’t know it. During her most recent visit there, Eden recalls mirage-like weather — a rainbow connecting the horizon ahead of her with the one behind, obscured only by a faint mist.
Naturally, it felt like a once in a lifetime kind of thing. “If anything happened and I croak today, I’m satisfied,” she says.
These numbers aren’t meant to scare you into staying home this Halloween. OnStar* wants you to feel safe and secure all night long, so the entire family can spend less time worrying and more time focusing on the silly costumes and spooky decorations. Here’s a list of practical tips to keep in mind as you plan your Halloween traditions for this year and beyond.
Create glow-in-the-dark costumes
Make your child easy to see at night by having them wear a brightly colored costume. If they’re going for a darker look, add glow sticks, reflective tape or other glow-in-the-dark elements to their ensemble. Or keep it easy by picking one of the many glow-in-the-dark costumes online.
Pick face masks wisely
If your child’s costume includes a face mask, make sure it doesn’t obstruct their eyesight. Even well-fitted masks can block peripheral vision, so be sure the mask won’t turn into a hazard. You can also try using nontoxic glow-in-the-dark face paint instead, which is usually a safer option than masks. Test the paint on a small area of your child’s skin beforehand to make sure they aren’t allergic.
Bring flashlights and glow sticks
Pack a flashlight with fresh batteries for when the sun goes down or bring glow necklaces and bracelets for friends and family to wear as you walk from house to house.
Make a well-lit path to your home
The last thing you want is a child tripping on your property as they walk up to get candy. Instead of relying on a couple of candlelit pumpkins that may get blown out from the wind, try adding some orange holiday lights or simply turn on your porch light.
Whether you plan to leave a light on with a sign that says “Help yourself” or pass out candy one by one, double-check that any tripping hazards are removed from your walkway such as overgrown bushes, toys or decorations that fell out of place.
Remind everyone of street safety
Simple reminders can make a big impact. Remind everyone to look both ways before they cross the street and wait for the pedestrian walk sign before crossing any busy streets. Be sure to establish family rules before heading out and stick to them. A good rule of thumb when trick-or-treating with younger children is to make sure they always have a parent or older sibling nearby before going to the next house.
Keep the Guardian app handy
Download the OnStar Guardian® app* and make sure everyone knows how to use the Location Status* feature before heading out for the night. This feature can come in handy because it allows you and up to seven loved ones* to view and share locations on a live map. Use it if you get separated from the group or to keep tabs on family members’ locations to know when the older kids will be home from trick-or-treating.
If you happen to encounter a medical emergency while walking around the neighborhood, push the red Emergency button in the app. A specially trained Emergency Advisor* can assess the situation, provide guidance and contact First Responders if necessary.
Lastly, if you plan to drive to a neighboring town for your trick-or-treating adventure and don’t have an OnStar-equipped vehicle, having the Guardian app can help to ease your mind with features like Mobile Crash Response, Roadside Assistance* and Emergency Services.
This year’s Halloween should be a fun, carefree time for the whole family, but it’s still reassuring to know OnStar has your back no matter what.