As frightening as Frankenstein and Dracula Halloween costumes are, the scariest part of Halloween is just how dangerous that night can be for children everywhere. With kids all across the country running around their neighborhoods at nighttime, it’s no surprise that the risk of car accidents goes way up. But there are all kinds of tips and tricks (or treats!) that will help you and your kids have a safe and happy Halloween.
Some Eerie Statistics
Each year, an estimated 41.2 million children trick-or-treat across the U.S. For kids, Halloween is a night for wearing costumes and collecting candy. But for parents, it’s all about keeping your trick-or-treaters safe. On average, kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on other nights. So how do you keep them safe?
A Couple Costume Compromises
Whether you go with store-bought costumes or you fired up the old glue gun and made some homemade outfits, there are several ways to reduce the chance of an accident. Consider adding reflective tape to your child’s costume, and choose light colors if possible. And kids love glowsticks, so pop a couple for them to help them see and be seen by drivers.
Preparing Your Home for Spooky Guests
It's a good idea to check your property for tripping hazards, like hoses or extension cords, to prevent accidents in your yard. Sweeping the your driveway, walkway, and front steps is another way to keep visitors safe so someone doesn't slip on them and "take flight."
Skeletons, Vampires, and Ghouls, Oh My!
There are all kinds of scary costume choices, but making sure your kids get home safe after a night of trick or treating is always the goal. Encourage your littlest kids to ride a wagon or stroller between stops and if you have older kids without direct supervision, remind them to stick in groups and to familiar areas. Your family’s safety is important to us, and we want to see every ghost and goblin get home safe!