Children of all ages love Halloween. Between the costumes, the parties, and let’s not forget the candy, what’s not to like about Halloween if you are a kid. But did you know that Halloween is actually the deadliest day of the year for children? Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on this day than any other day of the year. And many of these accidents result in fatal injuries.
In fact, the National Safety Council ranks October as the second dangerous month of the year for children, due in large part to Halloween accidents. To keep your children safe while they are trick or treating this Halloween, here are some tips to make sure everyone enjoys the festivities.
First, your child’s costume should be bright and reflective. You may even want to consider adding reflective strips to your child’s costume and have your child carry a flashlight. At a minimum, have them wear glow-in-the-dark accessories or a glow stick to make them more visible. The deadliest hours of trick-or-treating occurs during the time frame of 5:00 to 9:00 when daylight fades and turns into night. Although many Halloween costumes lean towards the dark and ghoulish, a bright costume will make sure your child is visible and easily seen by motorist and will help to keep them safe.