Tricks and Tips for a Safe Halloween

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

| October 16, 2009

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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