Halloween is right around the corner, and kids (and adults) are preparing for the spooky holiday. And while most are eager to savor those delicious treats on Halloween night, it’s essential for parents to be aware of the potential dangers on the road. According to the National Security Council, children have twice a higher chance of being hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. It’s no coincidence that October ranks second in having the most motor vehicle deaths per month in the U.S. “Low lighting and poor visibility at night are often the causes of accidents on Halloween,” says Jany Martínez-Ward, partner of The Ward Law Group representing Spanish-speaking victims of motor vehicle accidents. “Parents should plan accordingly.” Martínez-Ward shares four tips to help you stay safe this Halloween:
- Bring a flashlight. It’s safe to say many little ones go trick-or-treating during the early hours of the evening when the sun’s still out. But with all the fun that comes along with getting treats from neighbors, it can get dark before you know it. Consider taking a flashlight with you to help improve visibility while walking from door to door as soon as the sun goes down.
- Use reflective tape or glow sticks.Easy to find in-store and attach to costumes or candy bags, reflective tape and glow sticks are super fun to bring along at night and, most importantly, can save lives. These simple adjustments can help alert drivers who are driving at night.
- Avoid using masks that cover the entire face While sometimes essential to certain costumes, using masks can obstruct a child’s vision and may inhibit their ability to see approaching traffic. Instead, consider using face paint to maintain vision as clear as possible.
- Travel in groups and stay in well-lit areas.
- As soon as night falls, try staying in areas with street lights, like a downtown area where there are other people walking. This way drivers have a higher chance of seeing groups of people crossing the streets, versus just one or two people.