Costumes should be loose enough so that warm clothes can be worn underneath.
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
Only purchase costumes, wigs and accessories if they clearly indicate they are flame resistant.
Make sure that shoes fit well (even if they don't go with your costume).
Make sure that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Consider adding reflective tape (usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores), striping or glow sticks to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's instruction for application.
If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
Glow sticks, light sticks or battery powered jack-o-lantern lights and candles are preferable to real flame candles.
If you do use candles, place the jack-o-lantern well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
NEVER leave any flaming candle unattended.
Be prepared. Have a fire extinguisher handy.
Be sure the path and stairs to your front door are well illuminated and clear of obstacles.
Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives (or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
Include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
Non-food treats (great for those with diabetes or food allergies): plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.