Trick-or-treating is an event most children in the U.S. look forward to. What can be more fun than dressing up and going around the neighborhood to get candy on the spookiest night of the year? At the law firm of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we want all Missouri kids to get home safely on Halloween, but we also know this can be a particularly hazardous time for excited children.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no other day of the year is more dangerous than Halloween for child pedestrian accidents. Authorities say children are four times more likely to be hit by a car while trick-or-treating than any other day of the year. How can you keep your children safe on Halloween while letting them have fun? AAA Exchange provides the following tips:

  • Review pedestrian safety rules with your children before letting them go trick-or-treating.
  • Walk with your kids or have a responsible teenager or adult go with them.
  • Plan out the trick-or-treating route ahead of time and instruct your children on not going anywhere you didn’t approve of first.
  • Make sure your kids are visible to drivers by putting reflective tape on their costumes or having them carry flashlights.

If you drive anywhere on Halloween night, remember that excited children are likely to dart into the road without looking for cars. Drive extra slowly on residential streets and be cautious when backing out of driveways or turning at intersections. As our page on pedestrian accidents explains, you may be eligible for compensation if a negligent driver hits you or your child.