Did you know that Halloween night is the most dangerous night for kids and automobile accidents? Yup, on average every other day of the year there are three accidents every single day that involve kids and cars. On Halloween night that number is doubled to six!
I don't want to see anymore kids get hurt on Halloween so I have put together this list of safety measures that we as parents can use to make our Halloween safe and fun for our kids!
1. First off if you are not going out with your kids on Halloween night then you might suggest that they go out with a big group of kids. Remember that safety in numbers is best.
2. Make sure that your child's costume is easy to walk in (or lets be honest, run in) and make sure that they can easily see so they can watch for oncoming vehicles.
3. Make sure that you child's costume is visible from at least 75 feet away. Make sure that their costumes either have reflective tape, or some sort of light like a glow stick or flashlight. That way they are more noticeable to cars and other people.
4. Talk with your kids about what homes are acceptable to go to while trick-or-treating. A good rule of thumb is to only go to those homes who have outside lights on. Remind your kids to never go into anyone's home. This is not safe!
5. Last but not least have good trick-or-treating etiquette. Handing out candy is not mandatory. Remember to say thank you!