Remember Halloween in the old days? When the only word of caution from your folks was not to eat any unwrapped candy from strangers? If you’re a parent now with kids of your own, things are a bit different. Not only has the danger of getting a mouthful of tainted candy not gone away, there are a whole mess of other concerns to be worried about.
One of the biggest threats to kids are the dangers that cars pose to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. According to Safe Kids USA, twice as many children are killed by cars on Halloween night than on any other night of the year. There are three factors contributing:
So what’s the answer? Even if your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat on their own, they still need help from parents to ensure that when they leave the house, they have everything they need to stay safe. Consider these tips:
Obviously, ensuring safety on Halloween isn’t entirely up to the kids doing the trick-or-treating. If you’re going to be out on the road on Halloween night, keep your eyes peeled and be hyper-vigilant for kids who might not have been familiarized with the tips above. Slow it down, especially when driving through suburban neighborhoods, and never assume that a child in a costume can see you. Remember, not everyone is as cautious with their kids on Halloween as you might be.