Each year, children throughout the US celebrate trick-or-treat during the Halloween season. Unfortunately, scary statistics exist when it comes to child safety, since trick-or-treat predominately occurs in the evening when motorists may have a harder time seeing excited children running into dimly lit streets while traveling house to house.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be fatally struck by vehicles during Halloween than on any other day of the year.
As an alternative to (or concurrent with) seasonal trick-or-treat festivities, some communities host “trunk-or-treat” events—where families and/or local businesses meet in a designated spot and pass out candy to costume-clad children from their vehicles or stations.
Whether celebrating trick-(or trunk-)-or treat routines, consider the following safety tips when traveling to-and-from your favorite treat destination.
- Add reflective tape to your child’s Halloween costume or candy bag and increase their visibility.
- Chaperone young trick-or-treaters and only cross streets at crosswalks and/or street corners and watch for crossing guards to safely escort groups.
- Ensure you can see in your costume! Some masks limit visibility… consider face paint instead.
- Set the safety rules and expectations with your young trick-or-treater(s) before beginning your Halloween adventure.
- Be aware when trick-or-treat is observed your area and watch your speed!
- Watch for pedestrians crossing the street between parked cars.
- Avoid distractions. Many communities increase fire and police presence during Halloween festivities—remain vigilant and follow all traffic laws.