Autumn in Indiana brings crisp, fall air, changing and colorful leaves, bonfires, and community and school festivals. For some, this change in seasonal weather is one of the best on the calendar. Crunchy leaves under foot, children in colorful costumes, and the smell of fall is a reminder of another season coming to an end. But the Halloween holiday and the autumn season is about much more than candy, colorful costumes, and carving pumpkins.
Unfortunately for many, this time of year is just another painful reminder of a loved one who suffered a personal injury while participating in the traditional door-to-door candy collection or other festivities. The Halloween celebrations place many children on the streets after dark, at a time they would not normally be present. To make matters worse, many families travel to unfamiliar neighborhoods to gather as much candy as possible. The children are not aware of the traffic patterns, busy streets, or dark intersections that put them at greater risk for injury.
According to safekids.org, Indiana youth are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other time of the year. While the over-all incidents of injuries has decreased over the years, there are still far too many injuries that occur during the Halloween season, third only to New Years and 4th of July.
Thankfully, there are a number of safety tips that parents can follow to offer a safer Halloween experience for their children.