Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters & Other Pedestrians

The Halloween season is upon us, a time when kids and adults alike can dress up and party the night away. As fun as this holiday can be, it also has a potential for injury. A city full of people dressed in disguises at night can lead to some dangerous situations. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to keep yourself and young trick-or-treaters safe sitting out on this lively holiday.

As personal injury attorneys in New York City, our team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP has had many clients who were victims of injury on Halloween night. We know some of the most common causes of accidents and we have learned more than a few things you can do to prevent them.

Tips for Having a Safe Halloween Night

  • Children should always be accompanied by an adult – This likely goes without saying. You or a responsible adult should keep an eye on your kids for as long as they are out trick-or-treating. Children are twice as likely to get hit by a car on Halloween. You can help prevent this by remaining close to your child throughout the night.
  • Wear costumes that stand out – Black is a fashionable color on Halloween night, but if you are planning on staying out after the sun goes down, you may want to consider a more colorful costume; flashers and glow sticks can help you remain more noticeable to motorists.
  • Make sure your or your child’s costume is flame retardant – This is particularly important if the costume includes an accessory such as wings or horns that you can easily forget are there. Always be vigilant when standing next to a campfire, stove, etc.
  • Do not wear color-changing contacts – Buying “costume contacts” is never a good idea. These products are not given the same safety scrutiny as contacts prescribed by physicians. If you really want color changing contacts, consult with an eye doctor about brands that would be safe.
  • Remove hazards from the front yard – Tree roots, toys, and yard equipment can be difficult to spot when the sun goes down. Make sure any area of your property that is open to visitors is free of hazards, otherwise you could end up with a premises liability lawsuit. Keeping the pathway to your door well-lit is a good idea.
  • Keep your pets in a confined area – If you think your pet wouldn’t hurt a fly, you’re probably not wrong, but it’s better not to take chances. Halloween exposes your pet to a lot of new stimuli. They may act in ways you don’t expect and bite one of your trick-or-treaters.
  • Do not trespass – It may be tempting to cut across an alleyway or backyard to save some time while trick-or-treating, but you’re putting your entire group at risk when doing so. Property owners are not obligated to keep private areas safe. If you or your child is injured while trespassing, it is unlikely you could pursue a premises liability case to recover damages.

Vigilance goes a long way in ensuring you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween. The majority of Halloween accidents happen after dark, so if you are really concerned about your safety, consider calling it a night once the sun sets.

If you or a loved one is injured on Halloween night, our New York City personal injury attorneys at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can help. Call us at (646) 461-4009, or contact us online to request a free case evaluation.