Tips and Reminders to Avoid the ER on Halloween

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or TreatersCarving pumpkins and trick-or-treating may seem like harmless fun, but Halloween injuries send many children to emergency rooms in the United States every year.

Out of eight holidays, Halloween had the fifth-highest number of ER visits involving children aged 18 years and younger, according to 2007-2013 data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, with head injuries and lacerations being the most common. Children younger than 5 and kids between 10 and 14 sustained the greatest proportion of injuries.

Our own Safe Kids WNC expert, Beverly Hopps, encourages parents and trick-or-treaters (of all ages!) to take note of the following tips for a happy, safe and healthy Halloween.

Drive extra safely on Halloween:

Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. If you’re out and about on Halloween, take extra care when driving – watch for trick-or-treaters and pedestrians. Here are some other tips and reminders for driving on Halloween:

For trick-or-treaters:

For pumpkin carvers:

We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween, but if you are in need of care, there is a Mission Health emergency room or walk-in clinic near you. Learn more [1].

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more Halloween health and safety tips [2].

Beverly Hopps is an educator with Safe Kids WNC for Mission Health. Learn more about Safe Kids WNC [3].