Halloween can be scary when it comes to child injuries

TULSA - This weekend, you'll find a lot of trick or treaters in neighborhoods across Green Country.

It's fun for sure but it can also be dangerous.

Injuries stem from kids running door to door can be struck by cars, suffer injuries due to costume hazards, choke on candy or cut their hands carving pumpkins.

In fact, EMSA says the number one Halloween injury for kids is a finger or hand injury that happens while carving a pumpkin.

So if you still have a pumpkin to carve, never let a child do it alone, and you should use specially designed carving knives.

Costumes should have reflective material on them and be marked flame resistant.  They shouldn't have baggy sleeves or billowing skirts since they could touch candles and catch on fire.  Big and baggy costumes can also cause kids to trip and hurt themselves.

Swords, knives and other accessories should be soft and flexible.  Make sure masks fit correctly so your kids can see properly.

Trick or treaters should walk, not run from house to house.  Only go to houses where you know the owners, or where outdoor lights are on, welcoming trick or treaters.

Warn your children not to eat any treats until you've had a chance to inspect them for any evidence of tampering.

Drivers need to beware too.  Get off the phone and slow down, especially in residential neighborhoods, so you don't hurt any of those trick or treaters. 

For more on the Halloween season, go to our Halloween Headquarters.

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