l Tripping and falling in the dark of Halloween night sends most children to the emergency room. Costumes that fit correctly and don’t have billowing skirts or sleeves and shoes that can be walked in comfortably are the best choice.
l Make sure the costumes or props, such as swords, don’t have sharp ends that might stick your child or another child.
l Masks should fit correctly and never obscure eyes. One choice is to use natural cosmetics rather than have the child wear a mask they have difficulty keeping on.
l Flashlights for adults are too large for child hands. Make sure a flash light has fresh batteries and is small enough for a child’s hand.
l Reflective tape and light clothes make your little one visible. Purchase it in sporting good, hardware and bicycles stores.
l And don’t forget that old clothing and a little imagination makes the best costumes – paint tights with a yellow stripe to make a bee; felt ears for a dog can be cut out of an old sweatshirt; mom’s old clothes from 20 years ago can make you a hippie.
l Forget jewelry and beads, hats and scarves that they are likely to trip on. And instead of a rigid plastic pumpkin head bring an old pillow case to hold candy.
l According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the most serious Halloween-related injuries come from burns from open flames, candles and Jack O’Lanterns. Instead of candles near your front porch, you might opt for electric lights or keep the candles far away or inside the pumpkin with its top on.