- Choose a costume — including wigs and accessories — that is made of flame-retardant material. These should be clearly labeled as "flame resistant" on tags.
- Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips, falls, and entanglements. It should fit snugly and have no fabric dragging at the hemline. Consider giving it a test drive around the block before the day arrives.
- Have kids wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
- Choose nontoxic face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision. If wearing a mask, make sure it fits securely and provides adequate vision and ventilation.
- Test makeup on a small area of your child's skin several days before Halloween first. On Halloween, remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin or eye irritation.
- Never use fake knives, guns, or swords that look real. If props are used, make sure they are clearly "make believe" and are soft and flexible.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Attach emergency contact information to your child's costume or treat bag in case they get lost or separated.
- Have kids carry flashlights or glow sticks to help them see and be seen by drivers.