Think back to when you were a kid, and how excited you were when Halloween rolled around. You spent weeks working on your costume, and couldn't wait to run out the door on the crazed candy-dash known as Trick-or-Treat.
And things are no different with your kids today. Well, maybe a little different, in that we all have to now be more careful when it comes to keeping our kids safe. Let's face it – the world is a different place than it was when we went out on Halloween, and these days it really falls on all of us to make sure our kids get back home safely to enjoy their chocolate candy – and to give those boring popcorn-covered apples to their unlucky kid sister.
There are a lot of different things that may contribute to a child – or parent – getting hurt on Halloween. That day is known to be the most dangerous of the entire year when it comes to children on foot being struck by a motor vehicle.
We're not trying to spook you, but here are some scary facts about Halloween safety:
- On average, TWICE as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween, compared to all other days of the year.
- Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their kids' costumes.
- Only 33% of parents talk to their kids about how to stay safe while trick-or-treating.
- 12% of children under the age of 5 are permitted to trick-or-treat alone.
Wait a second – say what?!
Read that last one again. TWELVE percent of 5-year-olds or younger kids are out there without adequate adult supervision. Hard to imagine.
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This is the perfect time to sit down with your kids and explain exactly what types of things to do – and NOT to do – to make sure no one gets hurt. There are hundreds of resources out there for parents, including tips on safe costumes, staying safe while walking door-to-door, how to make sure the candy and any other treats your child brings home are safe, and much more.
Below are a couple of links you may want to check out. Please do everything you can to have a safe and fun Halloween.
Consumer Products Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/newsroom/news-releases/2012/cpsc-provides-three-steps-to-a-safe-halloween-celebration/