More than 41 million people are expected to go trick or treating this year.
Statistics show 23% of fatalities occur with children between the ages of five and eight; and 70% of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Whether you're going door-to-door, driving or passing out treats at home, State Farm wants to keep your little princesses, pirates, police officers, and witches safe this Halloween.
State Farm Halloween Safety tips:
- Always accompany young children.
- Exercise great caution during the "scariest" hours: between 5 and 9 p.m. It is especially dangerous for pedestrian accidents between 6 pm and 7 pm.
- Stick to neighborhoods with sidewalks. If you must walk on the street, keep to the far left, facing traffic.
- Practice safe crossing procedures: Use crosswalks; wait for corners; and look left, right and left again before crossing.
- Stick reflective tape onto costumes to make your child more visible. Also have him or her carry a flashlight.
- Make sure costumes and shoes are the correct size to prevent tripping. Use face paint and leave the masks at home: They can obstruct vision.
- If an older child is venturing out without supervision, ask that he or she go with a group, discuss the route and agree on a curfew. Give older kids cell phones so they can stay in touch.
- Drive slowly
- Be alert for children and eliminate in-car distractions.
- Practice extra caution at intersections and corners.
- Pull in and out of driveways carefully.
- Discuss these and other driving pointers with your teen driver. Drivers ages 15-25 were involved in around one-third of fatal crashes involving child pedestrians on Halloween.
- Keep your home brightly lit indoors and outside.
- Clear debris and other obstacles from your lawn, sidewalks and steps.
- Opt for battery-operated candles in jack-o'-lanterns or other areas where costumed trick-or-treaters might stand.
- Keep pets kenneled or in another room.