The Scary News about Kids and Halloween Car Accidents

Halloween may be a great night for your kids to fill their plastic pumpkins with treats, but it also can be downright scary when it comes to car accidents.

State Farm paired with research pro Bert Sperling of Sperling's BestPlaces to analyze some four million Fatality Analysis Reporting System records listed between 1990 to 2010, and found more children were killed in pedestrian-car accidents on Oct. 31 than any other day, according to a new report.

On average, 5.5 child pedestrian fatalities occur on Halloween nationwide, twice the number of other days of the years, according to the release.

So how can you keep your trick-or-treaters safe? According to the analysis:


Go Out Early

Almost a quarter of the accidents took place between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Don't Jaywalk

More than 70 percent of the fatalities happened somewhere other than a crosswalk or intersection.

Be a Mean Mom

Insist on chaperoning your older kids. Kids between the ages of 12 and 15 were most often victims, followed by 5- to 8-year-olds.

Learn 13 more key ways to keep kids safe this Halloween. 

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