5 Things You Should Know: Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Parents


Costume Safety

Candy may be the bit treat on Halloween, but for many of us it's getting to wear a costume that makes the night special.

  • Whether it's store-bought or do-it-yourself, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises everyone wear costumes made of flame-resistant materials.
  • Parents and kids who make their own costumes should consider fabrics such as nylon and polyester.
  • Costumes and shoes should both fit well and be easy to move around in.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping and shoes should be sturdy. (Remember that playing dress-up around the house while wearing mom's too-big heels isn't the same as walking across neighbor's lawns in them in the dark.)
  • In place of masks, which can reduce vision, consider using non-toxic makeup. If the costume begs to have a mask, be sure the eye openings are large.