Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy dressing up, carving pumpkins and transforming the front lawn into a ghost-filled graveyard. While Halloween can be great fun for kids and grown-ups, the holiday can also be perilous, especially for young trick-or-treaters. According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Fortunately, there are steps everyone can take to enhance safety and avoid a tragic accident.
The risk of a pedestrian death is 43 percent higher on Halloween than on nights during the weeks before and after October 31, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics, a monthly publication of the American Medical Association. Four additional pedestrians died on the average Halloween, the majority of which were children.
The study, which was based on 42 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, showed children between the ages of four and eight were 10 times as likely to be killed on Halloween. The most dangerous time was between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the highest risk around 6 p.m.
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There are Halloween events and activities across the state, including group trick-or-treat festivities, haunted houses and enchanted forests. Here are just a few examples.
Halloween in the D provides free activities at police precincts, fire stations and recreation centers throughout the city for trick-or-treaters of all ages in Detroit and surrounding areas.
Western Michiganders in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and counties from Allegan to Van Buren can find an abundance of Halloween events and activities for kids and adults.
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