Trick or Treating Season

Halloween is a curious holiday because in order to get involved in the holiday spirit you have to be scared or scare someone else. No other national holiday does that. This year Halloween lands on a Monday which means children will be out trick or treating on a school night or celebrating an early Halloween during the weekend. Regardless of what day it lands on, Halloween is considered one of the top 3 most dangerous days for motorists and pedestrians. The combination of booze fueled parties and trick or treating families rooming the streets makes for a night of high liability for personal injury accidents. Keep your kids safe this year by practicing these safety tips for trick or treating.

Photo provided by Safety Education Alliance of America
Photo provided by Safety Education Alliance of America

Trick or Treating Safety tips

Different organizations offer safety tips for parents, like safekids.org, so we thought we would save you the trouble and add all of them on one list.

  • Dinner First – Kids who eat a meal are less likely to dig into their candy bags while trick or treating, which gives you time to inspect the candy at the end of the night.
  • Crossing the Street – Teach your children to make eye contact with a driver before crossing the street to ensure that they see them. As well as reminding them to always use a crosswalk and traffic signals to cross a street.
  • Never let a child run cross the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Kids old enough to go trick or treating on their own should be encouraged to go in a group and stick to familiar areas.
  • Decorating candy bags with reflective tape or stickers is a great way to increase one’s visibility to motorist at night.
  • Remind your children that they should not enter a home or talk to strangers in vehicles.
  • Carrying flashlights and glow-sticks are also important to let vehicles know where you are at night.
  • Costume Safety – Try to substitute makeup or face paint instead of wearing a mask to prevent low visibility. Make sure costumes fit properly to prevent trips and falls while walking.

Driving on Halloween Night

Trick or treating usually takes place 5-9 pm so if you are out driving within those hours exercise caution and awareness for kids walking the street. Take extra time to make sure an intersection or crosswalk is clear. Slow down when driving through neighborhoods, and never text and drive.

A Safe Halloween

Davis Law Firm would like to remind you to be safe this Halloween weekend and assure you that we are there for you 24/7. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident we will be there to fight for what you deserve. Free consultation with one of our legal representatives is just a phone call away at (210) 444-4444.