Five trick-or-treating children were killed and several others seriously injured this October 31st across the U.S. Parents often worry about the dangers of poisoned candy or abductions on Halloween, but these victims were affected by another factor- traffic accidents.
In Santa Ana, California, three teenage girls were struck and killed by an out of control vehicle as they walked along the road trick-or-treating. The car sped off, not to be seen again. In Greece, New York, a three year old and 16 year old were hit by a vehicle. The three year old died on site, but the teenager was rushed to a local hospital. In Illinois, a Volkswagen ran over a two year old boy and dragged him for 40 feet. He, somehow, survived and is doing well in the hospital. Finally, in Florida, a four year old was hit and killed by a bus full of citrus workers after he left his stroller according to this NY Times piece, remember Laurene telling me about this after it happened. .
Our hearts all go out to the families, and we pray for the recovery of those still alive. The question must inevitably be asked, however, as to whether very young children should be out trick-or-treating. In the case of the teenagers, we hope the police catch that creep soon. But we also urge parents to make sure their children are wearing bright-colored clothing and are not out too late at night, even on Halloween.