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Halloween Road Safety Tips

Over 150 million Americans will likely celebrate Halloween this year, based on last year’s numbers from the National Retail Federation. It’s no surprise that so many of us enjoy this unique holiday. Children get to dress up as their favorite superhero and get obscene amounts of candy. Adults get to pick clever costumes and have parties that allow them the opportunity to reconnect with their friends and their youth. It’s a day that brings out the kid in all of us.

But, of course, there are certain risks that increase during Halloween for children and adults. Though we are certainly not hoping to spoil the party, we do think we can make it even better by pointing out a few tips to make sure that your Halloween goes as smoothly as possible.

To stress the importance of Halloween safety, here are some statistics that are truly scary.

  • Halloween sees a two-fold increase in the number of child pedestrian fatalities, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
  • Every year, an average of 5.5 pedestrians under the age of 18 are killed on Halloween, based on statistics from 1999 to 2010, according to USA Today .
  • Less than one-fifth of all parents utilize reflective tape on their children’s costume.
  • Around twelve percent of children age five and under are permitted to Trick-or-Treat without adult supervision.

These statistics point to the fact that both drivers and pedestrians should be as safe as possible on Halloween. Whether you are walking or driving, there is plenty you can do to make sure you have the safest night possible.

5 Halloween Driving Safety Tips

  • Be extremely cautious while driving during peak trick-or-treat times, beginning in the late afternoon hours extending into the late evening hours.
  • Be mindful of pedestrians, especially in residential areas, and maintain a slow speed at all times.
  • Watch out for any passersby when pulling out of a driveway or parking spot.
  • Never pass parked vehicles, which could be dropping off or picking up children.
  • If you are attending or hosting a party where alcohol is being served, arrange transportation ahead of time to eliminate the possibility of drunk driving.

Halloween Safety Tips for Children and Parents

  • Children of all ages should be supervised by an adult.
  • Make sure that everyone is clothed in something that reflects light so that drivers can see you on and around roadways.
  • Be especially mindful of pedestrian safety when walking with children. This means always walk on sidewalks, cross at designated crossings and look both ways before crossing a street.
  • Avoid distraction while walking. Put away phones and mobile devices while walking alongside any roadway.

BONUS: Parental Tips for Monitoring Food:

  • Thoroughly inspect all foods and candies given to your children. Be wary of anything that is not commercially wrapped.
  • If your child has food allergies, inspect all treats for the presence of items that your child is allergic to.
  • Look for candies and foods that might cause a young child to choke, such as gum, hard candy or small toys.

Things can get a little crazy around Halloween night, but by being safe and watching out for our loved ones, we can all have a good time. Here’s wishing everyone a great Halloween!