Halloween Deadliest DayChild Halloween Deaths Highest in Ten Years
October 31st Continues To Be Deadliest Day for Young Pedestrians
Research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces has released a new study that reveals some stark insights into just how dangerous trick-or-treating can be. Every Halloween there are stories about hazards such as tainted candy and “stranger danger,” but the real threat kids face when Trick-or-Treating is being struck by a motor vehicle.
BestPlaces analyzed more than four million records of auto fatalities from the Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System. As the graph below shows, there have been 133 child pedestrian fatalities by motor vehicle in the years from 1990-2012. No other day of the year comes close, even the Fourth of July.