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11 Tips for a Safe Halloween

Spending your Halloween night with a ghost, goblin, princess, or even a vampire? These 11 tips will help you and your children have a safe and happy Halloween. But no worries—Halloween can be safe and spooky.

  1. Look for costumes and wigs that say “flame resistant” on the label.
    If you make your child’s costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  2. Be visible by wearing light-colored, bright costumes.
    Also, decorate or trim costumes and candy bags with reflective tape that will glow in a car's headlights. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
  3. Make sure swords, knives, and similar accessories are soft and flexible.
    These help keep your child—and their friends—from getting injured.
  4. Test makeup in advance.
    Put a small amount on your child a day or two before Halloween. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that's a sign of a possible allergy.
  5. Avoid masks.
    Encourage your child to wear makeup and hats so they can see more clearly.
  6. Ban decorative contact lenses.
    These can cause serious injury unless your child has seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.
  7. Go trick or treating with young children.
    Or make sure your young children are with an older, responsible child. Children should never enter homes or apartments without an adult.
  8. Use sidewalks rather than walking in the street.
    Remind children not to run from house to house or between parked cars.
  9. Carry flashlights.
    This helps you and your children see—and be seen.
  10. Check out their loot.
    Tell your children not to accept—and especially not to eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  11. Remove choking hazards for young children.
    Young children can choke on gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission