Thousands of pedestrian deaths happen each year due to motor vehicle incidents. The number of children involved in these incidents doubles on Halloween night and most, if not all, are completely preventable.
Overall, October is ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, just behind August.
The statistics are certainly scary. Your first instinct may be to cease trick or treating activities; however, you can’t let these statistics bully you. You should take warning though and educate your children on the safety rules. Make sure your kids fully comprehend the rules and intend to follow them.
Halloween Safety Tips
- Thoroughly review safety tips with your children BEFORE trick or treating.
- Don’t allow children and teens to use their phone, except for emergencies. It’s too easy to be distracted by a phone while walking the streets on Halloween night.
- A parent or responsible adult should accompany young kids.
- Use sidewalks whenever possible.
- Travel in larger groups for safety.
- Wear reflective clothing, use a clip-on strobe light, or use reflective tape.
- Carry a flashlight and turn it on in poorly lit areas.
- Avoid trick or treating in dark or unfamiliar neighborhoods.
- Don’t wear masks that block your field of vision.
- Teach your children to NEVER enter the homes.
- Do not eat the candy or treats until they have been inspected.
- When crossing streets, use crosswalks when available.
- If you older children are going trick or treating without adults, agree on a meeting time to return home.
- Always assume that drivers DO NOT see you.
Overall, the safety tips are really easy to follow. Most pedestrian accidents and deaths occur due to carelessness. The simple act of not paying attention from getting caught up in the fun of trick or treating can lead to disaster.
You can have fun while staying safe and alert at all times while trick or treating. Halloween is a fun holiday and we would like to see these pedestrian motor vehicle statistics take a dramatic dip.
Business can help educate children and parents with Halloween trick or treating safety tip through the use of Halloween giveaways such as trick or treat bags, flashlights, and flashing strobe lights. Not only do you promote safety of trick or treaters, but you also promote your business at the same time!
You can find many Halloween safety promotional items here to help promote trick or treating safety. Your business, church, or organization can begin a local movement to help keep your area children safer while trick or treating on Halloween night. Most Halloween trick or treat bags include safety tips to help educate children and adults.
Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics