Halloween should be a treat, not a trick and it’s important to make sure you talk with your children about the dangers of this spooky holiday.
Children look forward to trick-or-treating on Halloween night all year, but one new video experiment is revealing a more sinister side to the annual horror-based holiday, showing just how dangerous the trick-or-treating tradition can be for young kids who are not chaperoned by adults.
YouTube star Coby Persin‘s alarming clip below, which has received more than 130,000 views in just one day, is just the latest in Coby’s ongoing video series meant to raise awareness about how easy it is for children to be abducted.
Safe Kids Worldwide also offers these tips to help keep kids safe on Oct. 31st:
- On average, 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. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
- Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.