Halloween: 'Deadliest Day' of Year for Children

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RENO, Nev. -- Halloween is a night full of spooks and scares, but the night can be extra scary for parents when their children have to share the streets with cars.

The day is getting shorter, which means it's getting darker faster. For kids going trick-or-treating tonight, be extra careful.

According to State Farm Insurance, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for children. They have a greater chance of getting hit by cars on this night more than any other day of the year including the Fourth of July and New Year's day.

Younger children between the ages of 5 and 8 get hurt the most. 60 percent of the fatal accidents happen between 5 and 9 p.m. and most of them happen away from an intersection or crosswalk.

It's imperative that parents talk to their children about staying safe.

"I know a couple of friends when I was younger, their parents bought them the reflective tape, and they put it on their side or something so that they were always visible," a UNR student said.

Drivers should be extra cautious because they pose the greatest threat. They are responsible for one-third of the fatal accidents on Halloween.

It is hard to see and keep track of the dark costumes at night, so both drivers and parents need to be extra alert.

The Sparks Police Department give some extra tips to keep children safe tonight:

-Drivers should avoid distractions by turning off the radio and to slow down.

-Trick-or-treaters should always walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks available.

-Children should wear face paint and avoid wearing masks; they make it hard to see or hear oncoming traffic.

-Encourage kids to carry flashlights or wear reflective gear on their costumes so they are visible to drivers.