Goblins and ghouls aside, car accidents are the real villains on Halloween night in Florida.
Sure you want to trick or treat around Central Florida but you might be a little wary. You never know what to expect on All Hallow’s Eve, but you can be sure it’s one of the most dangerous nights of the year. In order to protect pedestrians (especially children) from accidents, we urge you to follow these safety tips. Here are three tips to prevent accidents and keep your little trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween. We’ve also included some of the spooky fun happening around Central Florida:
- Take Advantage of Daylight Hours when Trick or Treating
Trick or treat, but be safe! According to the Washington Post, children are three times more likely to be struck and killed on this night more than on any other. The hours between 6:00 pm and midnight are the deadliest for pedestrians. Make sure to get your tricks and treats done earlier in the day to avoid a tragic scare.
Staying home can also be a spellbindingly good time. Turn on The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, a favorite of mine, or tune into any one of these Halloween-inspired movies. You might also make the most of the holiday and have a pumpkin carving contest with your loved ones. Don’t forget to save those pumpkin innards and serve up something devilishly delicious.
- See and Be Seen on Halloween in Orlando
Dressing up in a costume is one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween (after the candy, of course). But please don’t forget, when selecting the perfect costume, it’s important to see and be seen. Make absolutely sure your child is able to see where she or he is walking. Carry flashlights, reflectors, and glowsticks, and avoid dark clothing that could make it difficult for drivers to see you.
If wandering along dark streets is not ideal, then check out some of these haunted houses or try a haunted drive-thru experience instead. Central Florida is home to some of the most creative alternatives to your usual Halloween festivities.
3. Plan your Trick or Treat route ahead of time to Avoid Accidents
In the words of John “Hannibal” Smith, “I love it when a plan comes together.” A great line and great advice. If you and the kiddos head out to trick-or-treat, have a plan in mind. Know in advance what streets you will visit. Make sure you know Florida’s pedestrian laws, walk on sidewalks, and avoid busy streets. Stopping at every home might mean more candy, but remind your youngsters to stop only at well-lit homes and to never enter a stranger’s home.
In the age of Covid, if you plan to provide candy to your fellow neighbors, consider placing a candy bowl (or cauldron) at the end of a driveway or yard. This will help prevent the spread of germs, and of course, if you’re sick or concerned you might have been exposed to Covid-19, please refrain from handing out candy – your neighbors will understand.
Looking for some Halloween fun this 2022? Check out the Orlando Weekly list of events for a spooky good time!
Personal injuries sustained on Halloween night are an unfortunate reminder that no matter how spooktacular the time of year may be, accidents happen. But with the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can seek the fair compensation you deserve.
Whether it’s an accident on Halloween night, or simply on your daily commute to work, Attorney C. Todd Smith is here for you.
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