Spooky, Scary: ICD-10 Codes for Halloween

The glow of carved pumpkins and rustle of oversized bags of candy being opened can mean only one thing—it’s Halloween. From taking the kids trick or treating to putting together the perfect costume or creating your jack-o-lantern masterpiece, Halloween is many people’s favorite time of year… but sometimes there can be some unexpected hiccups in the festivities.

W22.02XD, Walked into lamppost (subsequent encounter); W51.XXA, Accidental striking against or bumped into by another person, initial encounter

From Richard Nixon to creepy ghouls, and even a gorilla or two, masks are an essential for many costumes on Halloween. Unfortunately, NOT wearing a mask is often an essential for people to clearly see where they’re going. Mask wearers should take care to watch out for obstacles, or they might find themselves colliding with more than one as night falls.

W49.01XA, Hair causing external constriction (initial encounter)

A wig is the final piece that pulls together many a costume, but waiting too long to find the right one might leave you with few options and a poor fit.

Z62.891, Sibling rivalry

The annual trick-or-treating quest can also mean a quest to keep the peace for parents of siblings when divvying the candy or costume choices get contentious.

Y93.D2, Activity, sewing

Last-minute rushing to fix a frayed princess skirt hem or popped seam on a mad scientist coat can spell disaster and might make you late for that Halloween party.

W50.1xxS, Accidental kick by another person, sequela; Y93.75, Activity, martial arts

With the popularity of ninja, superhero, and pirate costumes, kids might be tempted to try out a new move or two as they head out the door.

Y93.D9, Activity, other involving arts and handcrafts

While pumpkin carving is the first thing that comes to many people’s minds when they think of Halloween crafts and activities, there are a myriad of arts and craft activities that should be exercised with caution, from cutting ghost chains and spooky spider webs from construction paper to hot gluing decorations on gourds or witch brooms.


R10.84, Generalized abdominal pain

Kids and adults alike might not be feeling great the next day if they hit the candy pile too hard after a night a trick-or-treating.


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  1. This is a really interesting subject! I didn’t realize how many accidents could happen on Halloween. How common are these codes? Are they usually only used during the Halloween season? Thank you!

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