While the majority of Halloweener’s are relatively innocent, there is a very dark lunatic fringe that consider this day, a day to wreak havoc on their local constabulary. Statistics show an increase in crime on Halloween at an alarming 22% upwards to 44%. At this time each year, pranks turn into actual crimes. The trick-or-treating anniversary turns into a nightmare on every street for local law enforcement with an increase in vandalism and destructive behavior.
Most years, vandalism tends to escalate during Halloween, from relatively mild toilet paper attacks to broken windows, graffiti to arson. Potentially, acts like these could lead to a criminal charge, if your minor child is caught. For instance, if they deface a cemetery headstone, you may be ordered to pay fines for your child’s vandalism under the “parental liability” legal theory.
Four times as many children between five and 14 are killed while walking on Halloween night, compared to an average evening, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Simple, avoidable incidents related to the low-visibility of carousers (often wearing dark costumes) as they stroll along busy streets. Motorists should pay more attention to pedestrians on Halloween, while trick-or-treaters are advised to carry flashlights or glow sticks and never walk alone.
Some ‘trick or treat’ safety concerns to be aware of are; A.) clear vision through masks or hair, make sure eye holes or accessories don’t hinder their view. B.) walk with your kids or make sure that they are walking in a group that is well supervised. Take care crossing the street. At dusk, some drivers have a hard time seeing small, dark costumes. C.) Where brightly colored clothing. Carry plenty of glow sticks or flashing L.E.D. pins, or even a small flashlight, to light your way. Bicycle reflectors work great by taping or attaching to the back or your child’s costume or their bag they carry. D.) Be aware of your surroundings and all the kids in your group. Maintain a semblance of control and order. Don’t knock or ring the doorbell, if the lights aren’t on.
Always remember, safety is paramount on Halloween. Parents, walk with your kids, don’t just sit in the van and wait for them down the street. Dress up with your children and have a blast. Don’t be haunted by poor decisions made. These are the times of your life, be safe and build memories with your kids. Take a bag to collect your own candy plunder.
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