Halloween is known as a kid-favorite holiday, full of spooky fun and lots of candy. However, it can also present many opportunities for injury, as children take to the streets in pursuit of trick-or-treating goodies.
"Pedestrian injuries are the most common type of Halloween injury," said Dina Morrissey, MD, MPH, program coordinator for the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital. "There are four to five times more pedestrian fatalities on Halloween versus the average for the rest of the year."
Other common Halloween injuries are trips and falls from costumes
that are too big or obstruct sight; burns from highly-flammable
costumes; and cuts while carving pumpkins. Morrissey advises that
parental supervision can help to avoid all of these types of injuries.
The Injury Prevention Center offers the following tips for Halloween safety: