Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Halloween 2017

by Terry Bryant

This year, Halloween falls on a Tuesday. It’s a notable fact because children usually stay out later that evening, and more drunk drivers are on the roads. Even without that tidbit of scary information, “All Hallows Eve” is already perilous enough. Children wear loose-fitting costumes that are easy to trip over; candles aglow inside pumpkins are dangerous fires just waiting to happen; and sharp props abound – like sticks or plastic swords –to cause eye injuries. And let’s not forget pumpkin carving, which always seems to injure its share of fingers, both child- and adult-sized.

But of all these dangers, car accidents are the most common, perilous, and one which doctors say families don’t think enough about. Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than any other time of the year, according to Safe Kids USA. So what follows are a few of our trick or treat safety tips for those who are driving this Halloween night.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and near curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys extra slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on your driving.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn on your headlights well before dusk to spot children who are further away.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Here Are Our Trick or Treat Safety Tips:

Walk Safely:

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep alert as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices away; keep your head up and walk – don’t run – across streets.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them (and to not cross if that contact is not made).
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are none, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Plan a route in advance. Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can tire the youngest legs. Stick to streets that you and your child are familiar and comfortable with.

Wear comfy shoes. Avoid high heels, and double-tie shoelaces to avoid tripping in the dark.

Stay well-lit. Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight – with fresh batteries – to keep your child’s path lit at all times.

Make sure all costumes are short. Long costumes that drag on the ground are dangerous at night. Make sure it’s an appropriate length, and hem anything that’s too long to avoid tripping.

Avoid masks. They make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, use non-toxic make-up to complete the costume instead.  Kids love face paint anyway.

And rest easy. Recent research tells us that Houston will survive Halloween weekend’s zombie apocalypse!

Please save our number 713-973-8888 and call or text us in case you need legal help at any time this Halloween season. We offer a free initial consultation and are here to serve you and anyone who has been seriously injured and wants to explore their potential claims.