We have all heard the urban legends about poisoned candy and razorblade apples. However, many do not realize that the most dangerous and common cause of injury on Halloween is car accidents.
Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween as any other day of the year. This is an extremely real danger that affects children of all ages. On average, there are 5 deaths a year on Halloween night. Children ages 12-18 are most at risk, followed by ages 7-12, and finally children under age 6. Children over 12 tend to go Trick-or-Treating without adult supervision, thus paying less attention to their surroundings and more attention to their friends and candy bag.
We have a few tips to keep your children safe:
- ALWAYS accompany children under the age of 12 during Trick-or-Treating. A 2011 study found that 12% of children ages 5 and under Trick-or-Treated alone.
- Carry flashlights or glow sticks, wear bright colors, and use reflective tape so your children can be easily seen.
- Use face paint instead of masks that impede your child’s vision and ensure their costume is fitted correctly to avoid falls.
- Make sure to look both ways! Most accidents do not occur in crosswalks so you cannot assume pedestrians have the right of way.
- Stay in a group. A large group of people is easier to see than one lone Trick-or-Treater.
- Be the annoying parent and drill these tips into your teen. They listen more than it seems.
Lastly, don’t drink and drive! There are a lot of adults partying on Halloween too. While they are certainly entitled to some costumed fun, 25% of car accident related deaths on Halloween are caused by drunk drivers. Get an Uber.