Tricks and Tips for a Safe Halloween

Keep those little ghosts and goblins injury-free with these timely tips.

| October 16, 2009

  • Carved pumpkins become bright jack-o'-lanterns.
    Carved pumpkins become bright jack-o'-lanterns.
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  • Young girl pretends to be a cat before trick-or-treating on Halloween.
    Young girl pretends to be a cat before trick-or-treating on Halloween.
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  • A pink poodle Halloween costume keeps this little girl happy.
    A pink poodle Halloween costume keeps this little girl happy.
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  • Girl dresses as a cat for Halloween.
    A girl dresses as a cat for Halloween.
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  • Face painting doesn't bring a smile to this little clown.
    Face painting didn't bring a smile to the face of this little clown.
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  • Trick or Treat!
    Trick or Treat!
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  • Makeup helps a little boy portray a scarecrow for Halloween.
    Makup helps a little boy portray a scarecrow for Halloween.
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  • Carved pumpkins become bright jack-o'-lanterns.
  • Young girl pretends to be a cat before trick-or-treating on Halloween.
  • A pink poodle Halloween costume keeps this little girl happy.
  • Girl dresses as a cat for Halloween.
  • Face painting doesn't bring a smile to this little clown.
  • Trick or Treat!
  • Makeup helps a little boy portray a scarecrow for Halloween.

Rosemont, Illinois –Trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, and carving pumpkins are all part of the Halloween fun for kids of all ages. However, many of these activities also offer potential for injury, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) suggests that Halloween-goers take the following steps to stay safe.

Potential injuries:

• Ill-fitting masks and costumes, as well as walking in unfamiliar areas in the dark, can lead to fractures, dislocations, sprains, contusions, abrasions and head trauma from trips and falls.

• Pumpkin-carving can result in serious lacerations to the hand and also injuries to bones and tendons, if certain precautions are not taken.



“When children get excited about a holiday that involves candy, they may be less cautious than usual,” says Charles Blitzer, an orthopaedic surgeon and spokesperson for the AAOS. “Also, Halloween tends to encourage unruly behavior, so parents and other caregivers need to be especially vigilant to ensure that kids follow basic safety guidelines whether they are pumpkin carving or trick-or-treating.”

The AAOS offers the following tips to help ensure an injury-free Halloween:





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