Halloween has always been one of children’s magic holidays. They go to school and have their classroom party and get to go in the haunted house. Afterwards, they will get to go trick or treating. However, this is where parents start to get concerned. Pedestrian safety is the main concern on Halloween night.
Children are more likely to be killed by a car on Halloween than any other holiday. Oct ranked 2 in deaths by motor vehicle. 3700 people died in vehicle crashes in October.
Halloween Quick Facts
- Children who will be out tonight-41 million
- Halloween is the deadliest day for children & pedestrian car incidents
- Your child is twice as likely to be involved in a pedestrian related accident on Halloween
- 60% of Halloween accidents happened between 5 and 9 pm
- 30% of Halloween pedestrian accidents occurred in a crosswalk or intersection
- 32% of fatalities were ages 12-15, 23% were ages 5-8
- 63% of Children don’t carry a flashlight
- About 83% of children don’t have any reflective tape or reflective clothing
- 69% of parents do not accompany their children while they are out on Halloween
- 12% of children under the age of 6 are allowed to go out on their own
- 52% of auto accident fatalities on Halloween are alcohol related
- 41 People are hurt in house fires on Halloween
- House fires cause around 13 million dollars in property damage
- 85% of parents bring alcohol to Halloween parties
- 65% of parents never discuss the safety of their children on Halloween
Halloween safety while trick or treating
Some of these are a given. Never let your children eat any treat until they get home. Parents need to check them out to make sure they are safe. Children never need to go into someone’s home or car, unless of course it’s someone they know.
- Make sure you pick a costume or make one that won’t cause any hazards to your children.
- Give your children glow sticks for trick or treating on Halloween
- Make sure they have some sort of reflective tape on their bad and person
- If you buy your child a costume, make sure it is fire resistant or flame resistant (this does not mean the costume won’t burn, it just means it won’t go up like a roman candle).
- Avoid costumes that limit your child’s visibility. (Hoods, Mask, Etc.)
Trick or Treating Safety
- Don’t use your phones; don’t let your children use their phones while trick or treating. They need to be paying attention to where they are walking.
- Make sure you accompany your children-don’t let your children walk alone trick or treating this Halloween season.
- Bring a flashlight with extra batteries
For older children who are going out alone
- Make sure everyone knows what time they need to be home if your children are going out alone
- Agree on a route that your children will take so you know where they are at all times.
- Make them take a communication device and communicate with parents
- They need to never ever get into a strangers car
- Make sure their route takes them in well lit areas
Safety Tips for Motorists
If you are traveling with your children or driving during trick or treating you may need to follow some simple guidelines to be safe
- Don’t drink and drive
- No speeding
- Watch for children, they will be everywhere trick or treating. Some may be wearing dark clothing
- Don’t let young drivers drive younger children
There are a lot of parents who drive through the neighborhoods with carloads of children. While it is good they are in good hands, this puts a lot more traffic on neighborhood roads than normally would be there. So for those parents who are driving the minivan full of kids, pay attention.
Halloween is an exciting time for children and adults. Your children need to be safe while trick or treating. Checking candy can be a hard thing to do if you don’t know what to look for. You can go here for a little guide on how to check it. Make sure your children have fun and build some memories trick or treating this Halloween.