Smartphone Apps Among Ways to Stay Safe During Halloween

By: Rowena Li Email
By: Rowena Li Email

Halloween is one of the holidays many kids look forward to the most each year.

11-year-old Kara Stout said her favorite part is "getting candy." Plus, she added, Halloween is always extra special because it's her birthday.

But studies show Halloween also stands out in another way: it can be one of the deadliest holidays for kids. Safe Kids USA says children are twice as likely to be killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day, so parents should talk road safety with their kids before heading out.

Hauli Sabakta does just that with her kids.

"That's the number one thing, making sure we all talk about not running out in front of the road, keeping glowsticks so everyone's bright," Sabakta said.

Some parents say that's why they prefer daytime events like Trick or Treat Street at Hastings College. It's Halloween fun in broad daylight.

"Daytime is where you can really see what's going on, and know who you're around or what area you're at. Night, you never know," said Colleen Grennell, who has a 15-month-old.

But going out on Halloween night is tradition for many families, so parents say they make sure their children are always in sight.

"Make sure to stay with the group and not run ahead, just to make sure they stick around with us," is what Theresa Tellez considers to be one of the important safety points.

Some parents say they'll also be using smartphone apps to help keep their kids safe as they get older and may want to go trick-or-treating on their own. Apps like "Trick or Tracker" allow parents to know the exact location of their child and helps kids locate their parents in case they get lost. Tellez said she still accompanies her children when they trick-or-treat, but with her oldest child at 10 years old, Tellez said she's already keeping such apps in mind for future years.

"I would definitely say, if she's at that age where she wants to go out with a group of friends, it would be a great advantage to have an application on her phone so that way I have the peace of mind at home knowing that she's safe," Tellez said.

The Center for Disease Control also advises parents to check all treats before allowing kids to dig in and to make sure children are only eating commercially-wrapped treats.


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