Each year, Halloween is traditionally celebrated with trick-or-treating and parties — and candy and drinks. Unfortunately, the night often includes drunk drivers on the streets. Here are some tips to keep Halloween safe from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Halloween Accident Statistics

According to AutoInsurance.org, Friday is the deadliest day for Halloween, having 22% more fatal crashes on a Halloween compared to the average Friday. Other Halloween accident statistics include:

  • 18% of the people who die in fatal crashes on Halloween are children
  • Pedestrians have a 50% higher chance of dying on Halloween than on the average day
  • Weekday Halloweens have 11% more fatal crashes than weekend Halloweens
  • Saturday Halloweens are safer for driving than the typical Saturdays

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Be alert for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Slow down and continue to scan the road in areas where they are likely to be or where sight distances are limited.
  • On Halloween there will likely be more pedestrians on the roads and in places where they are not expected. Slower speeds save lives.
  • Stay alert for pedestrians who may come out from between parked cars or behind shrubbery. Stop, wait for them to pass.
  • Don’t look at your phone when you’re driving. Your attention needs to always be on the road.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement.

Halloween Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Walk on a sidewalk if one is available and use crosswalks.
  • Before the Halloween festivities begin, create a “buddy system” to get each other home safely and prevent walking alone.

Safety Tips for Halloween Party Hosts

  • Be a responsible party host and take action to make sure guests get home safely.
  • Serve plenty of food and provide non-alcoholic beverage options.
  • Collect car keys from guests who are drinking.
  • Prepare to call taxis, rideshares, provide sleeping accommodations, or—if you’re sober—drive guests home yourself.
  • Remember that social host liability laws may hold you responsible for parties where underage people drink, regardless of who furnishes the alcohol, and you could be held legally responsible for your guests’ behavior after they leave your party.

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