A little boy dressed as a Halloween vampire clutches his sprained ankleAcross the UK, something very strange is happening. Children are growing fangs, riding broomsticks and turning into pumpkins. It can only mean one thing: Halloween.

If you are trick-or-treating or entertaining children at home, meet some cheeky little monsters with first aid tips to keep your family safe.

Broken bone

Little Skeleton is trick-or-treating when he falls down some steps.

He breaks a bone in his wrist.

A child dressed as a Halloween skeleton trips on a step and fractures his arm

What to do

  1. Support the injury with a cushion or clothing and keep it still.
  2. Call 999.
  3. Continue to support the injury until help arrives.
Head injury

Little Witch is ‘flying’ her broomstick as witches like to do.

She spots some sweets and trips over, banging her head on a table.

A child dressed as a Halloween witch bangs her head on a coffee table

What to do

  1. Get the child to rest and apply something cold to the injury (such as frozen peas wrapped in a towel).
  2. If they become drowsy or vomit, or their condition deteriorates, call 999.
Choking

Little Devil is bobbing for apples when she chokes.

She cannot breathe, cough or make any sound.

A child dressed as a Halloween devil chokes on an apple

What to do

1. Give up to five back blows. Hit the child firmly on their back between the shoulder blades up to five times. If that doesn’t dislodge the object, move onto step two.
2. Give up to five abdominal thrusts. Hold the child around the waist and pull upwards and inwards above their belly button.
3. Call 999 if the object does not dislodge. Continue with cycles of back blows and abdominal thrusts until the object dislodges, help arrives or the child becomes unresponsive.

Find out how to help a baby who is choking

Sprain or strain

Little Vampire is running around spooking grown-ups.

He trips on a curb and sprains his ankle.

A child dressed as a Halloween vampire holds his sprained ankle

What to do

Apply something cold to the injury (such as frozen peas wrapped in a towel).

Bleeding

Little Pumpkin tries carving scary faces when mum’s back is turned.

The knife slips and cuts his hand. He is bleeding heavily – there is blood flowing from the hand and the wound is too big for a plaster to cover.

A child dressed as a Halloween pumpkin cuts his hand on a knife

What to do

  1. Put pressure on the wound with a tea towel or clothing.
  2. Call 999.
  3. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

For first aid tips at your fingertips, download our free baby and child first aid app. It has everything you need to know to help keep children safe.

Happy Halloween!

Children dressed as Halloween monsters

*This blog was updated on 25 October 2016