Although tonight several children will get the fright they crave every Halloween, some parents have Halloween fears of their own.
KSMU’s Ryan Farmer reports.
Its Halloween night, and children everywhere are bustling with the excitement and anticipation of parading around as their favorite icons, all the while filling their tummies with treats and goodies.
What kids are not usually concerned about is their safety.
Halloween safety has always been on the forefront of parents’ minds.
Safe Kids USA, an organization whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, reports that twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween night, than any other night of the year.
Halloween, however, is an age-old tradition of fun for youngsters.
Officer Grant Story of the Springfield Police Department encourages parents to be at ease this evening.Story: "Typically our area has not seen alot of problems Halloween night. However that doesnt mean that it can't happen. Some people drop their guards so, we're just asking people to be on the look out for kids that are running around. And definitaly asking parents to use good judgment when it comes to where their kids are going, if they are old enough to go by themselves alone, and what type of clothing they are wearing.
Story says that there are ways that parents can dress their kids safely, while still using their favorite costumes.
Story: "What they are trying to do is make their children more visible to traffic. Traffic is going to be the main threat, so adding reflective tape or stripping to costumes, or even their trick-or-treat bags can greatly increase their visibility. Certainly encouraging them or going with them to walk along well lit side walks as opposed to the road way. Traveling in a group, or carrying flashlights.
Safe Kids USA also gives tips for drivers on Halloween.
It encourages drivers to slow down, always be alert for kids crossing the street, and to drive with full headlights.
For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Farmer and Happy Halloween.