More than twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. than during the same hours of any other day of the year, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study.
Here are some important tips to keep your ghosts and goblins safe while trick-or-treating:
For trick-or-treaters and their parents:
- Children younger than 12 should trick-or-treat with an adult.
- Remember to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Cross at corners and watch out for cars backing up or turning.
- Try to wear light-colored costumes. It helps to have your children carry glow sticks, bring flashlights or wear reflective tape or slap bands.
- A costume shouldn’t be so long that a child can trip over it. In addition, face paint or makeup is always preferable to a mask that can limit a child’s vision.
- Avoid having your child carry sharp costume props.
- Turn on your headlights earlier in the day.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Enter and exit driveways slowly.
- Remember that just because you can see a child, it doesn’t mean the child sees you.
- Don’t drive distracted! Put down the smartphone and take out the ear buds.
• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• U.S. Department of Transportation