Trick or Treat!

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

Here’s something scary: Children are more than three times as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 2011 and 2020, more child pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween than on any other date. The most dangerous times on Halloween are between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Traffic safety is essential for trick-or-treaters. These tips can help make a safe and happy holiday for everyone.

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:

  • A responsible adult should always accompany children.
  • If older children are going out alone, make sure to review traffic safety, plan a route, agree on a time to be home, and determine a method of communication in case of emergency.
  • Tell your children to travel only in familiar areas with sufficient lighting and never travel alone.
  • Both children and adults should remember to put electronics down and stay attentive, especially when crossing the street.
  • Only cross the street at crosswalks or corners.
  • Consider a light-colored costume that may be seen more easily.
  • Consider carrying flashlights or glowsticks or attaching reflective tape to costumes or bags.

Safety Tips for Motorists:

  • Watch for children on roads, curbs, and medians.
  • Drive carefully when entering or exiting driveways. 
  • Turn on your headlights early in the afternoon.
  • Watch for children in dark costumes at night.
  • Discourage new or inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
  • Do not speed or use your phone while driving.
  • Never drive if you have consumed alcohol. If you see a drunk driver, contact law enforcement.

Please practice safety and stay aware of your surroundings whether driving or trick-or-treating. Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of trick-or-treaters.