That’s not to say Halloween is always a hazard-free holiday. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that pedestrians (particularly younger ones) are at a greater-than-average risk of being harmed in accidents on Halloween. In addition, motor vehicle accidents resulting from intoxicated driving are often more common on holidays in general.
This isn’t meant to suggest you need to keep the kids home this year instead of letting them out to trick-or-treat! Both you and your children can safely enjoy this holiday. You might simply be more likely to do so if you keep the following tips in mind:
It’s a simple safety tip. It’s also a remarkably effective and important one.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your kids remain safe on Halloween is to go trick-or-treating with them. Although there’s no consensus on the issue, many experts believe children shouldn’t begin trick-or-treating without adults accompanying them until they are at least 10 years of age. Of course, you need to account for such factors as your child’s maturity level and how safe your neighborhood is when deciding if they’re ready to go out on Halloween without you by their side.
Choose Costumes Carefully
All Halloween costumes should meet certain basic safety standards. They should be fire-resistant, and free of any components that could obstruct a wearer’s view, cause them to trip, etc. Makeup should be non-toxic.
It’s also wise to wear brightly-colored Halloween costumes. The easier it is to see a costume in low-light conditions, the easier it may be to avoid being harmed in a pedestrian accident. You may apply reflective tape to a costume if it doesn’t naturally feature bright colors.
Drive Very Carefully
You must always exercise caution when operating a motor vehicle. Even a moment’s error could result in serious consequences for yourself and others.
That said, it’s particularly important to be perhaps even slightly more careful than usual when driving on Halloween. You need to proceed slowly and scan for pedestrians in crowded areas to avoid striking anyone. Remember, along with trick-or-treaters, older Halloween partiers may also be out and about this night.
It’s often best to avoid driving entirely if possible on Halloween and similar nights. Again, this is due to the statistically higher presence of drunk drivers on the road. If you can’t avoid driving, remember that the motorists with whom you may be sharing the road might not be in proper condition to be driving safely. Keep your distance if you spot a driver who appears to be driving erratically.