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Ghouls, ghosts and vampires roam the streets and frighten and delight on Halloween - but the real danger is on the road every day: cars.
More people die in car crashes on Halloween night than any other night of the year, including Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.
Study - Autoinsurance - Org - Rate - Spikes
And a study from Autoinsurance.org found that that rate spikes even further on weeknights. Fatalities involving children are 83 percent higher when the spooky holiday falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
The key to keeping kids safe on the holiday, said an expert involved in the research, is simply not to rush getting ready to trick-or-treat, and to make sure to deck your kids out in lights or reflectors in addition to a costume.
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Over 40 million kids are estimated to hit the streets to collect candy from neighbors each year.
And on this one night, the average number of pedestrians under 18 killed by cars is 5.5, according to an analysis done by State Farm Insurance.
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That's about double the daily average of 2.6 fatalities.
When the spooky holiday is on a weeknight, the dangers increase, according to the new Autoinsurance.org research.
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Most years, that is the case.
'Right away, we thought this probably has something to do with people rushing and not having enough time. They're working rushing to get kids home forgetting safety equipment like lights,' said Nelson Garcia of Autoinsurance.org.
Pedestrians - Whole - Percent - Increase - Crashes
For pedestrians on the whole. There is a 55 percent increase in deadly crashes involving people on foot on weekday Halloweens.
The most dangerous time for trick-or-treating is also, unsurprisingly, the most desirable one: 5pm to 8pm, according to a study conducted by the University of British Columbia last year.
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And Friday is the most fatal day of all.
Autoinsurance.org found that three times as many child pedestrians were killed by car crashes on Friday...
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