By: Hannah Paczkowski
A night filled with goblins and ghouls, could turn into a night spent in the emergency room if it's not celebrated with caution.
"Halloween is probably the biggest day of the year where kids are likely to get hit," Julie Anderson, Safe Kids public health coordinator, said.
On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. One of the reasons might be because parents aren't trick-or-treating with their little ones.
According to a study by Safe Kids, 12 percent of children five or younger are allowed to trick-or-treat alone.
"They're not focusing on traffic, they're focusing on getting that next big haul of candy, it's important that kids have an adult travel with them, particularly under the age of 12," Anderson said.
Dressing in the proper costume could help avoid accidents as well. According to Safe Kids, only about 18% of parents actually put reflectors on their children's costumes. Using a reflective bracelet, tape or glow sticks could keep your child safe.
Safe Kids recommends wearing a costume that fits properly, not too baggy or they could trip, and not something that could cover their eyes.
Also, walk on the sidewalk or against traffic and cross streets at corners. Drivers need to be on high alert while kids are trick-or-treating.
"There are going to be little ghosts and goblins all over the city and they're going to have to really watch the street corners, residential area, and just try to slow down a little bit," Anderson said.
Safe Kids said stay close to home while trick-or-treating or knock on doors in your own neighborhood. Also, make sure to check the candy for broken wrappers before eating it.
For more Halloween safety guidelines, go to http://www.safekids.org/halloweeninfographic