Trick or Treater Safety Tips for Halloween

It’s nearly that time of year for haunted houses, costumes and trick or treating with the family. While Halloween promises tons of spooky fun, this popular holiday also carries safety risks as children wander darkened streets in close proximity to traffic.  Did you know that kids aged 5 to 14 are four times more likely to be killed in a pedestrian/ car accident while trick or treating compared to any other night of the year?

While your little ghosts and goblins are collecting goodies this Halloween, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye offers a few practical tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe and out of harm’s way.

Halloween costume safety tips

From superheroes and Disney characters to fairy princesses, your child’s choice of Halloween costume is an important aspect of safety. While some residential areas offer daytime trick-or-treating, most kids are prowling the streets after 5:30 p.m., when visibility is poor. If your kid is on the hunt for sugary satisfaction after dark, follow these tips:

  • Put reflective tape on their costume or treat collection bag
  • Avoid masks that can obstruct vision
  • Avoid costumes or props that can impair vision or mobility
  • Ensure footwear fits properly and is comfortable
  • Go for brighter costume material to enhance visibility
  • Make sure the costume is sized right to prevent trips and falls

General precautions & road safety

Younger children (12 and under) should always be accompanied by an adult, but regardless of age, it’s always a good idea to ensure your child has a basic understanding of road safety before heading out.

Traffic and road safety tips:

  • Cross the street at corners, using crosswalks or traffic lights
  • Look both ways before crossing
  • Stick to pedestrian paths and sidewalks and always walk facing the traffic
  • Never dart out into the street or between parked cars
  • Watch for vehicles that are backing out of driveways
  • Stick to well-lit, familiar neighborhoods and streets
  • Always walk, don’t run
  • Carry a flashlight to be seen by drivers
  • Avoid dark, isolated paths

There is some measure of safety in numbers, and it’s always more fun to trick-or-treat in groups. Ask your kids to put away their smart phones and avoid other distractions while walking.

Pedestrian accident attorneys serving NYC

Every year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects vital crash data, which has increasingly shown the dangers facing trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Nearly 25 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involve drunk drivers, whose blood alcohol level is above the legal limit.

Edelman, Krasin and Jaye wishes everyone in our extended community a safe and happy Halloween. When a negligent driver causes injury or death, our Long Island pedestrian accident attorneys will ensure that justice is served. To schedule a free consultation, call today.

Additional Resources on Trick or Treater Safety:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Halloween safety: Tips for trick-or-treaters