HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Many children will tell you Halloween is one of their favorite days of the year.
However, children's safety advocates will add that it's also one of the most deadly.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.
To help children stay safe while trick-or-treating, Safe Kids offers the following recommendations:
- Walk on sidewalks or paths, crossing the street at traffic signals and crosswalks
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
- Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult
- Older children should trick-or-treat in groups, sticking to familiar, well-lit areas
- Children carrying cell phones should not use them walking or crossing the street
Safe Kids also has this advice for drivers for Halloween:
- Slow down and take extra time to look for children at intersections, along medians and on curbs
- Eliminate any distractions in your car
- Turn your headlights on, even if it's still daylight
- Be especially alert from 5:30-9:30 p.m., the most popular trick-or-treating hours
- Remember children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
For more safety tips, including advice on keeping costumes creative and safe, visit Safe Kids Worldwide.