Monsters and aliens are not the only scary things out on October 31st. Trips and falls (or even more serious accidents) can put a damper on Halloween festivities. But a little preparation and thought can go a long way in protecting your children from harm. The following tips taken from the American Academy of Pediatrics will help you to make this Halloween a safe one for you and your family.

  • Your child should wear costumes that are both bright and reflective. (Try adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.)
  • Make sure shoes fit well.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flame.
  • Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives to masks, which can limit or block eyesight.
  • Look for and purchase only costumes, wigs, and accessories with labels clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Do not buy costumes with small parts or strings that can choke or strangle smaller children.
  • Attach emergency identification (name, address, phone number) inside Halloween costume or on a bracelet.
  • Use flashlights with fresh batteries.
  • Have older children and adult escorts wear a wristwatch and carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.