(Media release from AAA, The Auto Club Group):

Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians. AAA is reminding evening commuters and other motorists to expect more pedestrians on the road, as millions of children and families across the country will be trick-or-treating through neighborhoods.

“Trick-or-treating does not have to be a scary affair for pedestrians,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We encourage motorists to eliminate distractions, slow down, watch for children, and if alcohol is part your Halloween celebration make sure to have a sober designated driver.”

AAA offers the following safety reminders:


  • Drive slower through neighborhoods. Driving five miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit will give you extra time to react to children who dart out in front of you.
  • Avoid distractions while driving, such as checking social media, sending text messages and talking on the phone.
  • Pedestrians have a 50% higher chance of being fatally injured on Halloween than on the average day, and 18% of those killed in fatal crashes on Halloween are children.

Factors that contribute to the increased risk of pedestrian injuries

  • Fewer daylight hours
  • Distracted driving
  • Increased number of pedestrians
  • Trick-or-treaters crisscrossing streets
  • Motorists traveling to and from Halloween events


  • Cross the street using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look both ways before crossing and keep an eye on the road while you are crossing.
  • Always walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks available and stay as far to the left as possible.
  • Wear light-colored clothing or costumes with reflective material or tape for the best visibility. Avoid mask that hinder your view.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods. Only visit homes that have the porch light on and never go into a stranger’s house.


  • Walk with your children as they go door to door. Be sure to show them safe places to cross the street.
  • Have children carry a glow stick or flashlight to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • If using social media, post pictures and updates before or after you go trick-or-treating. Avoid being on your phone while walking or supervising children.