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ATSPA and Safe Kids PA Offer Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treat

by American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division

ATSPA and Safe Kids PA Offer Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treat

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Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. The American Trauma Society, PA Division (ATSPA) and Safe Kids Pennsylvania are teaming up to bring awareness to safety issues around trick-or-treating and to provide alternatives that might save a life.

“Trick-or-treating is a great way to celebrate Halloween and allow children to have some creative fun,” said ATSPA CEO, Krista Brands. “Keeping safety in mind while planning Halloween activities can ensure that the evening is full of treats.”

Halloween costumes can increase the risk of injury to children. Follow the tips below when creating or selecting a costume.

Dark conditions and increased crowds can also be a danger on Halloween; parents and caregivers need to provide active supervision throughout all festivities.

“Some parents may choose to skip trick-or-treating altogether,” said Jessica Ritter, Coordinator for Safe Kids PA. “Here are a few safe alternatives for Halloween fun.”

Drivers can also make it a safe and happy Halloween by following the below tips.

Using these tips and staying alert can keep parents and children safe this Halloween. ATSPA and Safe Kids PA wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

The American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division is a non-profit organization committed to injury prevention and mitigation through education, intervention, and advocacy. Our work includes providing presentations and educational materials on many trauma prevention topics, including concussions, water safety, senior falls, bike safety, traffic safety, and much more. For information, call 717-766-1616 and visit

Safe Kids Pennsylvania (SKPA) is part of Safe Kids Worldwide’s global network dedicated to keeping kids safe from preventable childhood injury, which is the number one cause of death among children ages 1 to 19. These injuries range from accidental falls to poisonings, car crashes, drownings, and many more. SKPA promotes and supports childhood injury prevention activities through education, collaboration, and advocacy throughout Pennsylvania. Safe Kids Pennsylvania is one of many statewide coalitions under Safe Kids Worldwide and is led by the American Trauma Society, PA Division. For more information on Safe Kids PA, visit our website at or on Facebook at