The Scariest Part Of Halloween: Accidents, Injuries & Legal Issues

Sure, Halloween is spooky, fun, and festive, but did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year? While the main focus is on jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, and costumes, the horror-filled holiday also comes with issues like dog bite lawsuits, premises liability cases, traffic accidents, and dangerous product injuries.

Let's take a closer look at some of the scariest Halloween legal issues:

  • Premises liability issues. You are responsible for keeping your property reasonably safe, and on Halloween, it's likely that you'll have a lot of strangers tromping to your front door. Make sure that if you are welcoming trick-or-treaters, your front walk is well lit, free from hazards and safe for kids. 
  • Dog bite worries. Make sure your pet is safely away from kids this Halloween, both for its sake and for the children's. Be especially wary if your dog becomes aggressive when strangers are in your yard or at the door. 
  • Defective costumes and accessories. If you buy costumes for your kids, make sure that you check them out before your kids go trick-or-treating. Specifically, make sure that your kids can breathe in and see out of masks, that they won't trip on long robes or capes, and that they won't be harmed by accessories. 
  • Traffic accidents. With a dangerous mix of adult Halloween parties and kids running through neighborhoods outside in the dark, it isn't a surprise to learn that Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for pedestrians. Make sure your kids are visible (light clothing, glow sticks, and flashlights) and make sure to never drink and drive.

It is absolutely possible to be safe and still have fun on Halloween - but ignoring safety concerns on October 31 could lead to injuries, accidents, and lawsuits. If you or your child has been involved in a Halloween mishap, make certain to speak to a Texas injury attorney about your case.

Vuk Stevan Vujasinovic
Experienced Injury Lawyer. First Generation American. Life-Long Texan. Husband. Father.