Trick-or-treating kids at higher risk of traffic deaths, study shows (Dr. John Staples, SPH )

Traffic deaths spike among children who are trick-or-treating on Halloween, particularly among kids ages four to eight, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. 

The research team launched the study after noticing advertisements for Halloween parties posted to lampposts, which got them thinking about a dangerous witches' brew: holiday revellers driving away from bars mixed with “legions of kids roaming the streets” in costume, said Dr. John Staples of the University of British Columbia and the study's lead author. 

Although Staples and his team were in Canada, they found U.S. traffic data to be very comprehensive, so they focused their analysis south of their border.

Thomson Reuters reports.

Read the full story here.