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4 Ways to Have an Injury Free Halloween
Cognitive FX Team

By: Cognitive FX Team on October 22nd, 2017

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4 Ways to Have an Injury Free Halloween

Concussions  |  Brain Safety & Care

It’s getting to be that time when children’s obsession with all things strange and maybe slightly scary is reaching an all-time high. They are picking out costumes, eagerly awaiting the sugar high they’ll inevitably have, followed no doubt by a SERIOUS sugar crash.

It’s an exciting time; they get to be somebody else for just one night. Let’s go over some safety tips and tricks to ensure that the worst parts about Halloween are sugar crashes and an increased chance of cavities.

  1. Remind your kids to walk safely – Twice as many children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other day of the year.
  2. Trick or Treat with an Adult
    • Until the age of 12, children should be accompanied by an adult.
    • After that, encourage kids to trick or treat in groups. There is always increased safety in numbers.
    • Remind your kids about stranger danger, and that they shouldn’t accept homemade treats from strangers.
  3. Keep costumes creative but also safe
    • Decorate the costume with reflective tape and if possible, choose light colors.
    • Only 18% of parents will put reflective tape on their children’s costumes.
    • Choose face paint over masks as much as possible; try to not limit your child’s peripheral vision.
    • Have kids carry flashlights or glow sticks.
    • Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  4. DRIVE SAFELY AND BE ALERT
    • Slow down and be especially alert in neighborhoods.
    • Take extra time to look for kids in intersections.
    • Anticipate heavier pedestrian traffic and turn on headlights earlier in the day in order to be able to see children from farther away.
    • Again twice as many children are hit by cars than on any other day of the year, so keep your eyes open for kids around you.

Overall, we want halloween to be a fun, safe enjoyable experience. We hope that as you follow these safety tips you have the best Halloween yet!