Children dressed in Halloween costumes line up for candies

Follow these tips for a safe and happy Halloween!

For Parents and Caregivers

Make sure your child’s costume is safe. To avoid trip-and fall injuries, it should fit well and not drag on the floor.  If should also be flame-resistant or flame-retardant, and be light-colored for best visibility.

Apply reflective tape to arms/legs and treat bag so that your child is visible to drivers. You can find reflective tape at hardware and sporting goods stores.  In addition, it’s a good idea for all trick-or-treaters to carry a flashlight.

If your child wears a mask, make sure the eye-holes are big enough to see trip hazards or oncoming traffic, and that the mouth opening allows them to breathe well. Non-toxic face paint is a great, fun alternative to wearing a mask!

Costume accessories, such as swords, knives and other pointed objects should be made of soft materials.

An adult should accompany trick-or-treaters under 12 years old.

This is a great time to practice safe street-crossing:

  • Use crosswalks and walk-signals.
  • Before crossing, look left, right and left again.
  • Walk (do not run) across the street.

Set a curfew for older children, and remind children of all ages never to enter a stranger’s car or home.

Check your child’s treats before they enjoy any candy. Keep wrapped or packaged candy, and throw out any unwrapped or suspicious-looking treats.

For Homeowners

Keep both inside and outside lights on during trick or- treat time to welcome and protect trick-or-treaters.

Avoid placing candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or a fire.

Only hand out wrapped or packaged candy and treats. Avoid handing out small inexpensive toys that could cause choking or lead-poisoning for young children.


This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.