Halloween is just around the corner! Time for spooky costumes, silly jokes, and sweet sweet candy.
According to the The American College of Emergency Physicians “Emergency departments do typically see an uptick in visits on Halloween. Some of the most common injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls or hand lacerations from pumpkin carving mishaps." 
Whether you’re going out trick-or-treating with family & friends, or working a shift at the ED or Urgent Care, here are some helpful tips provided by the CDC on how to keep the festivities a SAFE HALLOWEEN. 
Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.*
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Working this year instead of going out trick or treating? You still have a role in ensuring the safety of everyone out and about. Slow down, be extra alert, and turn your headlines on early in the evening -- helping make your car more visible to trick-or-treaters. Remove anything from your front porch or yard that children (or carless adults) could trip over, like sprinklers and lawn ornaments, and sweep up any wet leaves kids could slip on. Consider keeping your pets inside; there’s a lot of excitement during Halloween, some pets might unintentionally jump on or bite someone.
Halloween is a special time of the year and we are all looking forward to the wonderful costumes and delicious treats. From the team here at Edaris Health, be safe and have fun!
This information is not a substitute for medical advice nor is it intended as such. Contact 911 in case of an emergency
Sources & Additional Reading:
 Emergency Physicians Provide Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
 CDC - Halloween Health and Safety Tips
* Halloween Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics
*According to the AAP, Do not use decorative contact lenses. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," using decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.