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Keep your trick-or-treaters safe tonight

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INDIANAPOLIS -

It is Halloween, and no doubt your kids have been chomping at the bit to fill their bags with candy. Bbut with all the fun, there are some frightening statistics when it comes to injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, kids are 4.5 times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night. Falls are the leading cause of injuries during Halloween. Children ages 10-14 suffer the greatest amount of injuries.

One of the reasons are the costumes. As adorable as they are, police and safety folks advise to stay away from the masks, opting for face paint instead.

Avoid the busy streets, stay on the sidewalks, and follow traffic rules. Maybe it's something to remind your young ones some time today before they head out the door. 

It might seem like common sense to tell the trick-or-treaters, "Cross at the crosswalks." But in all the excitement, sometimes kids forget.

It's not just roads, but yards that can be dangerous.

"We see trips and falls," said Riley Hospital ER Dr. Robert Collins. "It's really a concern. They trip on a costume or in a dark front yard." Collins said the broken bones they see on Halloween are a concern in the emergency room. 

"One of the most surprising things I've seen on Halloween recently is burns, actually," said Dr. Collins. "Only the manufactured costumes tend to be resistant, but not the ones made at home."

The speed limit in neighborhoods during trick or treat times is 20 mph, regardless of the posted limit.

See trick or treat times here.

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