Be Safe and Seen on Halloween

Child pedestrian deaths double on Halloween night

In preparation for Halloween, Safe Kids USA has released the first-of-its-kind study on Halloween safety. The report can be found at

Safe Kids USA and FedEx urge parents to prepare children to act safely and drivers to take extra precautions. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.

Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets and sidewalks – and those kids may be focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday rather than being careful while crossing streets.

Top safety tips for parents:

• Discuss Halloween safety with your child.
• Accompany children under age 12. Walking in darkness, traffic concerns, and the excitement of trick-or-treating can be a dangerous mix for children. Children need supervision under age 12.
• Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible instead. Both parents and kids should carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
• Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
• Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

Top safety tips for drivers:

• Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
• Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division.

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