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What's the scariest part of Halloween? Kids getting hit by cars

Are your kids planning to trick-or-treat this Halloween? If so, know that twice as many kids are killed in pedestrian accidents on Halloween compared to other days of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

Safe Kids also reports that only about 1/3 of parents talk to their kids about Halloween safety, even though 75 percent of parents have Halloween safety concerns.

With Halloween still a few days away, now is a great time to go over these safety rules that could prevent something truly terrifying from happening.

1. Cross the street at corners, and use traffic signals and crosswalks whenever possible.

2. Before crossing, look to the left, look to the right, and then look to the left again before stepping out into the road.

3. Don't be distracted by electronic devices while walking, and always make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road.

4. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If they aren't available, walk facing traffic as far on the left side of the road as possible.

5. Better yet, choose a trick-or-treat route that has sidewalks, well-lit streets and few crossings.

6. Be especially careful when crossing driveways or alleys, and when walking in parking lots. Drivers have a hard time seeing kids when backing up.

Other safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Kids under 12 should trick-or-treat with an adult.
  • Keep costumes safe, which means nothing that obstructs vision or makes a child more difficult to see.
  • Wear reflective tape on costumes and carry flashlights or glow sticks.

Read more about keeping your kids safe on Halloween here.

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