This Halloween, hundreds of kids will fill neighborhoods across western Wisconsin in search of some tricks and treats. But, the holiday comes with some spooky statistics for kids.
Experts say Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for child pedestrians. In fact, children are reportedly more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on the holiday than during the rest of the year.
But, the Coordinator of Safe Kids Chippewa Valley says there are some simple ways you can help protect your child.
Paula Pater says you should remind your kids to cross streets safely, watch for cars and never dart out into traffic. Also, tell your kids to walk on well lit paths or sidewalks. And make them more visible with flashlights and reflective bags or tape.
Pater also says kids under the age of ten should not be sent out to gather treats without an adult taking them house to house.
"The younger they are, the more excited they are about the treats and the costumes that they're seeing with other kids and the decorations at the homes,” Pater said. “They're more likely to maybe dart in and out of parked vehicles."
"We can ask the public to maybe slow down another 5 or 10 miles per hour, especially in the residential zones,” added Eau Claire Police Safety Education Officer, Art Nelson. “And to be aware that the kids can come out from anywhere. The kids will be dressed in dark clothing. They're not going to be paying attention to the crosswalks."
Nelson says the Eau Claire Police Department is not planning to add any extra patrols Wednesday night. But, he says normal patrol officers will be on the lookout for unsafe behavior.
In year’s past, Officer Nelson says Halloween has generally been a safe holiday in the City of Eau Claire.