Posted by Michael Hixson on November 21, 2013
Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids. What's your child going to be? A princess, a power ranger, a super stealth Ninja? Or maybe something really scary, like Grandma in curlers. Whatever the character, in a few short days the community will come alive with little creatures of all sorts out having fun. But Halloween also presents some unique safety dangers to kids.The holiday has it's many urban safety myths, such as razor blades in candy. In the research we've conducted, we could not find any documented cases of this actually happening. There have been instances where children have been snatched or assaulted on Halloween. But this also is rare, and there is no spike in statistics in those area's that separate it from any other day of the year. The primary dangers are actually fire and pedestrian safety. Children's loose baggy costumes have a tendency to catch fire as they walk past all sorts of lit candles and Jack-O-Lanterns. And there is just something about masses of children in the street wearing dark clothing in the night that doesn't lend itself too well for safety. Add in the adult partygoers who often get an early start on their celebration, and the ingredients are there for disaster. These things don't have to spoil your holiday fun, as long as you arm your family with a few quick safety tips.