The season of spookiness is upon us. Pumpkins are popping up on doorsteps and kids are talking of nothing else beside costumes and candy. Halloween is a fun-filled holiday, but because most of the activity takes place in the evening, as the sun is going down, it’s important to take the proper steps to keep safe. Avoid putting a damper on this single-night holiday by getting injured with these helpful tips.
Prepare before you scare
Tripping and slipping are two of the most common accidents occurring on Halloween night. Both can lead to a serious injury and both are often caused because of an unsafe costume selection. Loose or dangly costume pieces are frequently responsible for these types of accidents. Running children can easily trip on a piece of their own costume should it hang too low, or they can get tangled up in pieces draped off their body too loosely. Additionally, many costumes are made out of flammable materials, and these costume flourishes can accidentally brush against the open flames of a jack-o-lantern or other spooky decorations, leading to a potentially serious burn.
Masks and additional costume accessories can also injure if not properly handled. If you notice your child’s mask is obstructing their vision, consider using child-safe face paint instead to help bring their costume to life. It’s much easier for a child to trip, bump into something or someone, or not see a car coming as they cross the street if a mask is blocking their vision. Remind children not to wave items like swords or fairy wands around, especially when in groups and to take care if play-fighting.
Halloween often sees a rise in pedestrian-and-car injuries, making cars the biggest danger during the holiday. Avoid accidents of this type with the right precautions. However, should you find yourself involved in an incident this Halloween that requires the support of an experienced, personal injury attorney, the team at The Patterson Cozzo Law Firm are well-versed in cases of this nature. They work to support you and help get the best compensation possible for your personal injury. The initial consultation is free should you need advice this holiday season on how to proceed after an accident.
A few ways to be extra cautious during Halloween without sacrificing any of the fun of trick-or-treating include:
- Planning out your candy collecting route in advance. Stay away from unknown neighborhoods.
- Visit homes that feel safe and are well lit. There’s less chance of an accident if you can easily see the obstacles in the yard you’re walking through, such as extension cords and things sticking up from the ground.
- Supervise your children carefully and consider trick-or-treating early before it gets totally dark.
- Don’t do Halloween distracted. Look carefully before crossing streets. Make sure oncoming cars fully stop before walking into the road. Don’t use your phone while you’re out and about unless absolutely necessary, and to stick to sidewalks and paths.
Once the trick-or-treating is done, don’t forget about the candy. Make sure you inspect your child’s bounty and remove anything they may be allergic to, anything that’s homemade or unwrapped, and anything that can pose a choking hazard.
Stay visible into the night
The later you’re out, and the darker it gets, the harder you’ll be to see by others. Most costumes are quite dark to begin with, and you want to remain as visible as possible while you’re trick-or-treating to avoid injuries. Here are some ways you can stand out against the night:
- Consider adding a glow stick to you and your child’s costumes to stay visible at all times.
- Provide kids with a flashlight to use or carry one yourself, especially if your neighborhood isn’t well-lit at night.
- Don’t run between cars when crossing the street. You’re essentially hiding from drivers when you stand between two cars. They won’t necessarily see you enter the street.
- Make sure cars backing out of driveways see you before you cross in front of them. Don’t assume they know you’re there.
Staying safe on Halloween requires awareness from those celebrating the holiday as well as those going about their normal business. It’s important to note that peak trick-or-treating times, according to SafeKids.org are between 5:30-9:30 pm. If you're on the road, be a cautious driver, even if you’re in an area where there aren’t often a lot of kids. Drive slowly and carefully through neighborhoods in order to prevent an accident from occurring.
Have a Happy Halloween!