Halloween is a fun holiday to celebrate whether you are four, fourteen, or even forty years old. During this holiday season, many people enjoy going to haunted houses, carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, trick or treating, and giving or receiving candy. However, the unfortunate reality is that Halloween can be a dangerous time for both kids and adults.
Dangers That Come with Spooky Season
Many people have reduced visibility when they are wearing elaborate costumes, masks, hair accessories, etc.—especially in the dark. An increased number of pedestrians out on the streets combined with drivers’ who also lack visibility can lead to serious accidents. According to a study done in 2021, pedestrians have a 50% higher chance of dying on Halloween than they do on any other day, and 18% of the people that die in fatal car crashes on Halloween are children.
Helpful Tips for Having Fun and Staying Safe
Although there are real dangers that we should be aware of on Halloween, it does not mean we should stop celebrations. Below, find tips on how to have fun and stay safe during this spooky season:
- Drive carefully! Knowing that trick-or-treaters may be walking around in the dark, you should drive slowly and on high alert.
- Be alert. Avoid any distractions while walking or driving, and never drive under the influence.
- Triple-check before crossing the street, and stay on the sidewalk whenever possible in order to avoid unwanted interactions with vehicles.
- Stick with others! It is best if you have as many eyes and ears on the lookout as possible when trick or treating so that you are aware of your surroundings.
- Make sure you, your friends, and your children have costumes that they can properly see out of and will not trip over.
- Carry a flashlight with you when walking or set lights up around your home in order to reduce the limited visibility that comes with a late night out.
If You Are Hurt—Bring on Bert!
Even though there are many scary aspects of Halloween, it remains an exciting time for friends and families to come together every year and celebrate in a unique way. While you can do your best to be prepared and conscious of the dangers—the risk is still there.
If you or a loved one is involved in any type of accident on Halloween caused by another person’s carelessness or recklessness, contact Bert McDowell Injury Law for a free case evaluation.