Halloween is a holiday mostly celebrated by children and for children. There are also adult parties and adult participation; however, the core part of Halloween is the journey through the neighborhood engaged in the tradition of visiting houses and collecting candy just by virtue of the statement “Trick or Treat”. Let’s face it, there is a certain paradise for children on Halloween which is in the form of “Free Candy”. Dressing home and pretending to be a favorite Disney character or super hero is pretty cool as well. For most children, Halloween evening / night is just about the best night of the year. For others unfortunately, Halloween night can be the time in which a child suffers a serious personal injury or even dies due to the negligence of others.
Some tragic events that take place during Halloween can be avoided. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind. Some are fairly basic and well know. Nevertheless, it is important to keep these tips in mind and actually follow them to make Halloween night as safe as possible:
Don’t Trick or Treat at All. Find alternatives to the door-to-door trick or treat journey. Have a party. Have the neighbors gather together in one place for a candy distribution. While it does seem counter intuitive to discourage traditional trick or treat activities, having children remain in one general area or home can avoid many accidents or incidents from taking place.
Make Sure the Child Can Be Seen. Children, whether in costume or not, should wear bright colored colors. It is also helpful for the child to have or wear glow sticks and also have flashlights and blinker lights on costumes whenever possible.
Children Under 12 Need Supervision. It is important to provide supervision to children especially those under the age of 12 years old. On Halloween night, children get excited about the adventure and hunt for candy and often ignore or just simply forget about safety.
Distracted Trick or Treating. Some children may carry mobile phones during trick or treat activities. Halloween night is not a good time period for a child or adult for that matter. Walking or running while on Snap Chat or Instagram can lead to a terrible incident in the form of a fall or pedestrian – vehicle accident. Again, this applies to adults as well.
Sharp Objects – Toys and Eye Injuries. During Halloween festivities, there also is a rise in eye injuries from swords or other objects that some how get into a child’s eye. One presumably harmless plastic sword can lead to an emergency room visit. As such, be mindful as to what toys are carried around during trick or treat adventures as well as during play time. Toys and other objects should be age appropriate to those playing with or carrying the toys.
Driver Safety. Attention All Drivers Out There! October 31st is Halloween. It is an annual tradition celebrated by millions. The best way to ensure safe driving is to keep the vehicle at home. If you do not need to go anywhere, do not. Stay home. Save the gas and the hassle of driving on Halloween night. If you are driving out on the streets during Halloween, slow down much more than usual. Children will be out on the streets and communities. Yield to pedestrians. Drive save. Put down the mobile phone.
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, David Wolf is a child injury attorney who handles child injury cases throughout the State of Florida. He is the author of 11 books including the book – When the Wheels Stop Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know After the Accident. You can get this book for free at When the Wheel Stop Spinning. David Wolf firmly believes in Giving a Voice to Injured Children and Their Families.