Government safety officials are trying to take the fear of injuries out of Halloween celebrations.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says parents should look for flame-resistant costumes without baggy sleeves, long capes or billowing skirts that could catch fire on a nearby candle or cause a child to trip. It also recommends properly fitting shoes, hats, scarves and masks.
The agency urges parents to trim costumes and candy bags with reflective tape and to arm children with flashlights, so that they can be easily seen by passing cars.
After trick-or-treating ends, CPSC says parents should examine candy for signs of tampering and make sure novelty toys don't pose a choking risk to young children.