If a mask is worn, cut the eyeholes and nosehole large enough to allow full visibility so breathing is not hampered.
Be certain that masks, wigs, beards and hats fit securely and are not cumbersome. An alternative to face masks may be the application of non-toxic face paint or make-up to the child's face.
Look for "flame resistant" labels on costumes, masks, beards and wigs. When shopping for fabrics such as 100 percent polyester, nylon, or wool. Sales people can assist in identifying these fabrics
Avoid costumes made out of flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts. These are more likely to come in contact with an exposed flame or candle than tighter fitting costumes.
Do not allow children to carry knives, swords or other props unless they are soft and flexible.
Buy or make Halloween costumes that are light or bright enough to make them more visible to motorists at dusk and in the dark.
Costumes should be short enough to prevent children form tripping and falling. Children should always wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
Ready to hit the streets? According to the Glendale Fire Department children are four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. They have some additional tips for trick-or-treaters:
Drivers should stay on alert and watch for children, especially in residential neighborhoods
Children should be reminded not to run and to use crosswalks or street corners after looking both ways
USA Safe Kids suggests children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult
Parents should check all treats before they are eaten and report anything suspicious
For the purpose of lighting a jack-o-lantern, use a flashlight or liquid light that glows after it bends; not candles.