UNDATED (WTVB) - Children will need to dress in layers if they plan to go out trick or treating tonight because its going to be cold, and possibly wet. The CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide says parents should take time every Halloween to talk with their children about being safe while trick or treating.
That means looking both ways before crossing streets and then only at intersections. Kate Carr says this is a particularly scary Halloween in states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, including some parts of Michigan.
She thinks children in blacked out areas should just stay home. Carr says twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Anyone driving on Halloween should slow down, watch out for trick or treaters, and avoid using their cell phone behind the wheel.
Halloween is now an eight billion dollar industry. Surprisingly, most of that money does not come from candy sales. Peter Block, president and general manager of FEARnet television says these figures are kind of crazy given where the economy has been over the past few years. He says they have doubled over the past few years of economic turmoil. Block says, the average person will spend more than 72-bucks on costumes, candy and decorations, and will have an estimated 15-thousand Halloween stores to choose from.
Block speculates that Halloween provides people a terrific diversion, and they need it more than ever in troubled times, and that’s why people seek out fear, because it's nothing they feel they'll ever really be exposed to. It’s a thrill but still a lot less scary and a lot more fun than that overdue mortgage payment.