Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. So many adults have wonderful memories of great costumes, trick or treating, Halloween parties and even (not pointing fingers) TP’ing many a house on Mischief Night. However, I have some very sobering statistics for you, and we need to talk about making Halloween Night a safe night for kids and adults. This year, Halloween falls on a Monday night, which ought to keep it an early one, but drunk driving deaths and injuries have been increasing on Halloween to the point where it rivals New Year’s Eve.

  • 44 percent of fatal crashes nationwide during Halloween weekend involved a vehicle operator with a .08 or greater BAC.
  • 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a vehicle operator with a .08 or greater BAC.
  • Children are at greater risk of being struck and killed by a car than any other day of the year, whether the driver is drunk or sober.

There are things you can do to make sure that everyone has a happy and safe Halloween, no matter how young or old. Here are just a few tips:

One of the best tips I have is to feed kids a healthy dinner before heading out to trick or treat. It will reduce snacking on stuff from the bags if you don’t have a bunch of starving trick or treaters. Likewise, having bottled water on hand keeps everyone hydrated. Impress on kids that they should not snack from their bags until parents have had a chance to check for tampering, and that nothing that isn’t commercially wrapped should be accepted unless it’s from a trusted family friend. Finally, treats are great fun, but have a talk about sugar and what it does in your body. Kids love sugary treats and so do grownups, but candy should be just that – something eaten only occasionally.