Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for grade-school children and even teenagers. They get to dress up as something exciting or scary. They may get to go to a party at school or afterward with friends. They will likely also go door-to-door, asking their neighbors for candy.
Trick-or-treating is a holiday celebration that many children and even young adults look forward to all year long. Unfortunately, their enthusiasm and lack of focus on long-term risks while out hunting for sweets are part of the reason why Halloween is such a dangerous day for young pedestrians.
A child’s pedestrian fatality risk more than doubles on Halloween
Every year, Halloween celebrations across the country end in grief when a child runs out into traffic or a driver skids into a group of trick-or-treaters. Having more children out on the street than usual, sometimes in dark clothing and well after the sun goes down, means that the potential is very high for a driver to crash into a child.
The average number of child pedestrian deaths per day goes from 2.6 on any other day of the year to 5.5 on Halloween. Children under the age of 12 are at high risk. Those wearing costumes that are dark or that make it hard for them to see or quickly move are also at increased risk. Lights, bright costumes, parental supervision and even proper traffic safety practices can all help keep your kids safer.
Recognizing the dangers could help your family avoid involvement in a pedestrian crash on what would otherwise be a very happy day.