Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren't the only things to be afraid of this Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when kids are out and about trick-or-treating.

To avoid the dangers our children face while trick or treating, common sense is crucial! Be aware of potential Halloween hazards and then take the precautions to eliminate them.

Here are some of our best tips for staying safe this Halloween!

Halloween Costume Safety

  • Wear flame resistant costumes.
  • Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering, if need be.
  • Hem your costumes to avoid trips and falls.
  • Apply reflective tape to Halloween costumes.
  • Use hypoallergenic and non-toxic makeup.
  • Wear comfortable, practical shoes that can be double knotted.
  • Keep your costume and wig away from candles. No one wants to have to stop, drop, and roll on Beggar’s Night!
  • Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they're flexible and cannot harm anyone. Just plain common sense, right?

Trick-or-Treating Tips

  • Plan the route ahead of time.
  • Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
  • Wear identification that's easy to read.
  • Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
  • Follow a curfew.
  • Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Walk. No running….there’s plenty of candy to go around!
  • Avoid flower beds and gardens.
  • Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
  • Don't enter any houses of strangers.
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one…yay for LOTS of candy!
  • Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
  • Don't cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
  • Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.
  • Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
  • Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
  • Never accept rides from strangers. Duh!
  • Respect other people and their property.
  • Be polite and say "thank you".
  • Don't eat any candy until it's inspected for tampering under bright lights.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.