Costume Safety Tips

  • Make sure costumes fit your children properly. Take care to notice that footwear fits and that no part of the costume is constricting. Costumes shouldn't dangle or be too loose so that children could trip while walking.
  • Look for non-flammable costume materials.
  • Choose bright costumes whenever possible. If a darker costume is chosen, try to add reflective light tape to be easily seen on dark streets.
  • Some masks can block vision. Try fun, non-toxic make-up instead.
  • Props such as swords should not be sharp or too large to carry.

Home Safety Tips

  • Make sure pathways are cleared of toys, hoses, and lawn decorations.
  • Be sure that porch and post lights are working well. Path reflectors are useful.
  • Keep flammable objects and away from the direct path of trick-or-treaters.
  • If carved pumpkins are used, try lighting them with a flashlight or battery powered flicker light. If a candle is used, be sure that it is securely placed inside the pumpkin and is placed in a safe location.
  • Keep pets inside.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

  • Parents should go along with small children.
  • Older children should discuss their plans with parents and should stay in groups.
  • Only go to homes that are well lit.
  • Never go inside homes or cars for a treat.
  • Carry a flashlight with new batteries.
  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Try to go along sidewalks rather than walking in streets.
  • Parents, be sure to go over treats and look for openings, tears or any suspicious looking pieces of candy.
  • Be sure to check ingredient listings for children with food allergies.

Reprinted with permission by Melissa Libert, DO of Plaza Family Care.