Halloween Safety On & Off the Road


Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for parents and guardians, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2015, about 6,700 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.
National Safety Council (NSC) research reveals about 17% of these deaths occurred when pedestrians improperly crossed roads or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 15% of the deaths. Other circumstances varied by age: Darting or running into the road accounted for about 15% of deaths in kids ages 5 to 9 and 7% for those 10 to 15.

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, and October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,550. August is first, with 3,642 deaths.

Follow These Ghoulishly Good Practices
To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of

  • Halloween Safety Tips, including do’s and don’ts:
     A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
     If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
     Agree on a specific time children should return home
     Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home or car
     Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
     Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
     All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
     Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
     If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
     When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
     Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick- or-treat hours:
  • Safety Tips for Motorists
     Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
     Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
     At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
     Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

6th Annual Bike/Walk Summit Nov 3&4

Hurry and register now for the 6th Annual Bike/Walk Summit in Wilmington November 3-4  – it’s less than 2 weeks away!

And there are a couple spots left for the Thursday on-road and classroom Traffic Safety Skills for Transportation Professionals.

Click here to register and here for more information about the Summit, including lodging links.

The 2017 NC Bike/Walk Summit promises to be packed full of information.  Click here for the program schedule.  Experts from across the state and beyond will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience on topics such as:

  • NC’s new Vision Zero initiative
  • Moving our Complete Streets policy towards implementation
  • Workshops on using crash data to support street safety improvements
  • Advocacy – facilitated capacity building discussions
  • BikeShare – all the various technologies and towns deploying will be on hand

Hear from House Legislative Transportation Leader Representative Torbett and the new Deputy Secretary for Multi-Modal Transportation Julie White.  Also, hear about the great work our new partner AARP is doing in NC and nationally on livability, complete streets and aging in place.  Plus we have fun planned with meet-ups at local breweries and our walking and biking mobile tours.

The mission of the summit is to:

  • Foster collaboration between NC’s various bicycling and walking movements, efforts, and endeavors
  • Educate local government staff, bicycle advocates, and policy leaders
  • Promote bicycling and walking as valid modes of transportation and as economic driver


Registration is $100 for Bike Walk NC members, $115 for non-Bike Walk NC members

Bike Walk 2017