Injury risk increases on Halloween. Approximately 4,500 Halloween-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2018 alone.
The most common types of injuries that occur on Halloween are caused by:
Many pedestrians take to the streets on Halloween night. While drivers may see warnings and remain more cautious while driving to avoid an accident, injuries and deaths still occur. In many cases, costumes feature masks that prevent wearers from seeing vehicles clearly, or drivers may not see pedestrians wearing dark costumes or other clothing at night.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents and injuries are also common on Halloween. Many of these injuries occur while trick-or-treating in the evening. These accidents often take place at night because of uneven sidewalks, porch steps, and other walking surfaces, unsecured Halloween decorations, or overcrowded sidewalks. Property owners may be liable for slip and fall injuries if their negligence created a hazardous environment that resulted in the accident. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries like bone fractures or traumatic brain injuries.
Public events that take place on Halloween should be safe for attendees. Some of the events that are required to meet safety standards include haunted houses, concerts, theaters, and restaurants or bars hosting Halloween-themed events. Examples of inadequate security in these environments include actors who directly or indirectly cause injury in haunted houses or intoxicated patrons in a bar or restaurant getting into a fight that results in injuries.
Drunk or Distracted Driving Accidents
Accidents caused by drunk or distracted driving are also common on Halloween. Drivers may be distracted by nearby decorations, or they may be distracted by phones or GPS devices when meeting up with friends or family in unfamiliar areas. Many people also drive drunk after attending Halloween parties or visiting a bar or restaurant. Impaired and distracted driving often lead to serious injury or death.
Staying aware of each of these types of hazards can help pedestrians and drivers stay safe on Halloween night and the approaching days. Taking the proper precautions as a property owner, business owner, pedestrian, or driver can help ensure that trick-or-treaters and others get to enjoy the holiday with minimal risk of injury.