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5 Reasons Halloween Isn't for Kids Anymore

Everybody's just way too scared

We're not going to go into the slew of food allergies today's kids have to endure, the anti-obesity measures that keep candies and decorated cookies and cupcakes out of classrooms or the general unease that makes products such as kid-tracking, GPS enabled apps not only a reality, but a sought-after holiday item.

Nope, we're just going to let everybody else explain why you should keep your kid locked in their room in front of a television or mobile device all night and away from the world outside. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA point out frequently that Oct. 31 is the most dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians. More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/car accidents on Halloween between 4 and 10 p.m. than during the same hours on any other day of the year.

As a results, one in three parents is petrified by the possibility that their child will be involved in an accident, with a full 77% of parents afraid for their kids' well being on Halloween in general, according to the children's advocacy group SafeKids. That group wishes that more than 18% of parents would put reflective tape on their kids' costumes before sending them into the darkness, but thinks that the 24% who fear their child will be poisoned should realize that their level of fear is disproportionate to the actual number of reported incidents.

Another 15% fear their child will be abducted on Halloween night, even though the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children says there are no data to suggest that more kids are reported missing on Halloween night than on any other.

You can't tell a parent to calm down about any of this, because it's just not going to happen. Worry is a natural, functional part of the parental response. Focusing on more imminent danger such as oncoming traffic and low visibility, though, will go a long way toward keeping a kid safe and ensuring that they'll build a childhood full of Halloween memories similar to the ones their parents have -- doing things that undoubtedly made their own parents nervous.
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