Numbers show that Halloween is safe


U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello. Used under Creative Commons

Many children around the world go trick or treating every year. It is important to know the safety rules and stay out of harm.

Lorenzo Guandolo, Writer

More than 175 million people participate in Halloween in the United States each year, going out in their newest most stylish costume collecting candy all throughout the neighborhood. This spooky holiday about the ghosts of the past can become real horror for some kids or parents, which has made people think about if it is safe and what precautions could be taken to make it safer. The odds are very slim that something bad could happen, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. 

According to the Parents Network, on average, one child is kidnapped every 40 seconds in the United States, with no noticeable spikes on Oct.31. Still, some people think that Halloween is dangerous and would not like their kids to participate in trick-or-treating.

“It is safe as long everyone is supervised  (if they are little) and follow rules and regulations,” says Chris McCormick, sixth grader. 

“No it is not safe because it is so easy to pull a kid into a house after you have offered them candy and they are on your doorstep.” stated Samuel Giovengo, sixth grader. Even though the odds are that nothing will happen and that most people are safe, people like Samuel think otherwise. “It is safe, it may look scary but not many people are actually planning a kidnapping or anything else bad.” says Jacob Bartosh, fifth grader. This is very true since the odds of being kidnapped are 1 in 300,000 and the odds of being murdered are even lower at 1 in 437,000. So the odds are nothing will happen and you are safe. 

Even though the odds are low, a lot of people still agree with Giovengo. There are lots of statistics and facts showing Halloween is safe, but there is an arguable amount of kids who don’t come home from trick-or-treating. 

“It is not safe it is so easy to snatch up a kid who is not supervised.” agrees Alexa Hudak in seventh grade. 

“Yes it is safe, not that many people go trick-or-treating in small towns so if you are that scared the odds are a lot lower there.” says Elizabeth Mooney in fifth grade. 

This debate is going to go on for a long time, but statistics, facts, and witnesses prove that Halloween is statistically safe.