Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

by Wormington & Bollinger

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips Wormington & Bollinger McKinneyHalloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start getting those costumes ready. This fun holiday is a favorite for many, young and old alike. There is something about getting dressed up and either taking your kids trick-or-treating or going to a costume party with your friends. While many people opt to stay home and curl up with a scary movie, if you do plan to head out on Halloween night, it’s important to stay safe. If you have little ones that are old enough to go trick-or-treating, there are a few things you should keep in mind before the big night comes.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween night compared to any other day of the year, and an estimated 70 percent of all accidents take place away from an intersection or designated crosswalk. This is just one of the reasons why safety should always be a top priority, especially when trick-or-treating with your kids. Before we go over some of the top safety tips for Halloween night, let’s look at a few additional statistics that show just how dangerous this holiday can be:

  • Just one-third of parents talk to their kids about safety on Halloween
  • Only 18% of parents put reflective tape on their children’s costumes
  • 12% of children under the age of 5 are sent out to trick-or-treat on their own
  • 63% of children do not carry a flashlight while trick-or-treating
  • 41 million children trick-or-treat on Halloween every year
  • 70% of parents do not go with their children when trick-or-treating
  • There are nearly 4,000 Halloween-related injuries every year

These statistics provide a little insight as to how dangerous Halloween can be, especially for young trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, many of the accidents and injuries that take place on Halloween involve motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), accidents involving drunk drivers and pedestrians increase in a major way on Halloween.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a few tips to help you and your kids stay safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween:

  • Stay visible by putting reflective clothing on your children
  • Always carry a flashlight
  • Check their costume to make sure they won’t trip
  • Chaperone your child
  • Talk to your child about safety
    • Make sure they know to stay off the street
    • Look both ways and never dart into the street
  • Remind your kids to stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings
  • Watch out for cyclists and other pedestrians
  • Plan out your trick-or-treating route
  • Stay on sidewalks and paths
  • Check your child’s candy
  • Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
  • Watch out for cars turning or backing up

If you or your child is injured on Halloween, please contact a McKinney personal injury lawyer from Wormington & Bollinger. Your safety is our top priority and we are here to help you in any way we can. Please give us a call today to schedule a free consultation.