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Last year, a boy in my neighborhood suffered a severe injury when he tripped while trick-or-treating. How can I keep my children safe from Halloween slip and falls?

Autumn is in the air and children are looking forward to Halloween.

Trick-or-treating, dressing up, and staying up late make Halloween a favorite holiday, but it is also one of the most dangerous. According to a 2010 study in the journal Pediatrics, Halloween is the day with the fourth highest number of child emergency room visits. Many of these Halloween injuries come from slip and fall accidents. Keep your child safe with these tips from the Cedar Rapids injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham:

  • Think about safety when choosing costumes. Since there are four times more pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night, you will want to choose a light-colored costume with reflective details. You can make these details at home using reflective tape.
  • Avoid long capes and long dresses that could cause a child to trip.
  • Opt for face painting instead of floppy hats and masks that obscure the child’s view.
  • Think about flammability. Your neighbors may use candles to light their jack-o-lanterns. Choose a flame-resistant costume that fits properly.
  • Never allow your child to trick-or-treat on his own. Parents should accompany younger children. Older children should trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Wear sturdy shoes to prevent Cedar Rapids trip and fall accidents.
  • Both parents and children should carry flashlights to help them see—and be seen.
  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks. Never cut across a driveway or yard.
  • Only approach houses that are well lit.
  • Be aware of neighborhood dogs. For information about avoiding Halloween dog bites, read our blog post, “Protect Your Child From Halloween Dog Bites.”

We hope all your Halloween is full of treats. If your child is injured while trick-or-treating, the Cedar Rapids premises liability attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are here to help. Call us at 800-800-5678 to learn more about your child’s rights. There is no fee for the consultation.


Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham