Halloween comes with plenty of scares, but not all are in good fun—according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the past four decades, the risk of pedestrian fatality is 43% higher on the holiday. This is due to factors like limited vision from costume facial coverings, drunk drivers, darkness, and excited trick-or-treaters running across the street. So, we’ve gathered some tips to help keep trick-or-treaters and drivers safe on Halloween.
When driving through neighborhoods after trick-or-treating begins, be sure to:
- Drive slowly, especially if there are limited streetlights.
- Be careful when passing a parked vehicle that’s running. The driver might be letting kids out of the car.
- Watch for kids crossing the street and be aware of your surroundings.
- Use turn signals and turn your hazards on if you’re dropping off kids yourself.
Even if drivers are proceeding with caution, accidents can still happen. Halloween safety extends to trick-or-treaters, too.
- Parents should accompany any children under the age of twelve.
- Remind kids to walk from house to house and not to dart into the street.
- Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights after it’s dark. Make sure to never shine it at drivers, however.
- Keep to the sidewalks.
- Don’t assume you have the right of way—drivers may not be able to see you.
- Don’t wear or put your kids in costumes that impair their vision.
Halloween should be fun, and we hope that with these tips, you’ll have a safe and enjoyable night!
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