While Halloween is fun for all ages. It can be a night of concern for parents.
The month of October is second only to July for motor vehicle fatalities. Unfortunately, on Halloween night, pedestrian accidents involving children occur quite often. Most of these accidents occur during the peak trick-or-treating hours of 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Additionally, reports show that car accidents on Halloween involve drunk drivers more than 40% of the time.
Keeping Children Safe on Halloween
Keeping little ghosts and goblins safe during Halloween and trick-or-treat can be a struggle. But there are several steps to take to decrease risks for children during Halloween.
9 Things You Can Do To Improve Safety
Always supervise children 12 and under while trick-or-treating
If possible, try to have one adult per child while trick-or-treating
Stick to areas you and your children already know in the daylight
Don’t use masks or costumes that block a child’s vision or hearing. If you want to cover their face to match their costume, face paint is a good alternative
Make sure your child is visible, if their costume is dark or easy to miss, think about adding glow sticks, flashlights or reflective gear on your child or their bag to increase visibility
Say off the road as much as possible and on the sidewalk
Only cross streets on designated crosswalks
Avoid bouncing from one side of the street to the other, instead trick-or-treat all the houses on one side then come back up the street for the other side
Put away your phone, they often contribute to pedestrians’ errors (like stepping out into the street or in front of cars), similar to their effect on driver error.
We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween this year and many years to come. Taking safety seriously can make Halloween safer for your children and your community.