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Halloween Safety Tips from CHOP Pediatric Care

Whether you are dressed as a witch, superhero, goblin or princess this Halloween, make sure that safety is on your mind. Below are some safety tips to help children and parents have a safe, fun and enjoyable trick-or-treat.


  • Wear bright or reflective clothing and put reflective tape on costumes, bags and props.
  • Use face paint instead of wearing a mask or costume that covers your face.
  • Make sure that your costume fits you properly. Oversized costumes may be hard to get around in and can become a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure costumes and accessories are labeled "flame resistant." Avoid flimsy, baggy outfits that could come into contact with an open flame.


  • Plan a trick-or-treat route and stick to it. If parents aren't with you, let them know your route.
  • Keep to the sidewalks; cars may not see you in your scary costume.
  • Always carry a flashlight.
  • Stay away from open flames - you don't want you costume to catch fire.
  • Only visit homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Be cautious of animals, strangers and vehicles.
  • Remember to say "thank you!"
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. Don't eat candy with packages that have been tampered with.
  • Make sure that candy is age-appropriate; small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

Last Updated: 12/16/2009