“What are you going to be for Halloween?” It is a question you hear frequently at this time of year. Children and adults alike enjoy the anticipation of dressing up for Halloween. Whether you choose to just wear a mask or makeup or go all out in full costume, the days and weeks leading up to Halloween are often a flurry activity. Costume shops abound with an elaborate array of outfits, giving children the option of choosing from a variety of superheroes and movie characters, while adults can go the traditional route of dressing up as a witch or ghoul, or capitalize on current events for a trendy costume as a celebrity or public figure. Halloween itself is a busy night, as children go door to door for goodies, and adults head out to parties and costume contests at their favorite watering holes. Unfortunately, Halloween can also be one of the most dangerous nights of the year, with an increased risk for car accidents and accidental injuries. Whatever kinds of activities you have planned, being aware of some general safety tips can ensure the safety of both you and your loved ones this Halloween.

Halloween Safety for Children

Halloween is a much anticipated event for many children, regardless of whether their families opt for the traditional night of trick or treating or choose instead focus on harvest parties. In the excitement of picking out a costume, it is important for parents to focus on practicality. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parent to follow these tips for choosing safe Halloween costumes for children:

  • Masks can impair your child’s vision; use non-toxic makeup and hats instead;
  • Choose brightly colored costumes over dark colors so that your child’s costume will stand out at night;
  • Consider adding reflective tape to your child’s costume to increase visibility;
  • If making your child’s costume, make sure they child can move around freely and that hems are short enough to prevent trips;
  • Avoid injuries by prohibiting the use of plastic swords or knives; and
  • If purchasing from a store, make sure you buy only flame retardant costumes.

Have your children agree to not eat any of their treats until they get home and you have a chance to inspect it. Remind them to stay in a group, not to talk to strangers, and never go enter the anyone’s home without a parent present.

Halloween Safety For Adults

Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pedestrian accidents. The American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends these tips for driving on Halloween:

  • Use extra care when entering or exiting driveways;
  • Use headlights even in daylight to increase your visibility;
  • Drive under the speed limit in residential neighborhoods;
  • Watch for children on roadway, in crosswalks and at intersections;
  • Stay alert for children who may not look before stepping into the road; and
  • Avoid overindulging at Halloween parties, and, as always, do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

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By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure your loved ones have a safe and fun filled Halloween. If you or a loved one is hurt as the result of an accident or another person’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact our experienced Florida personal injury and accident attorneys. At Hogan Frick, our attorneys provide aggressive legal representation to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.