Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians


October 28, 2013

CONSUMER ADVISORY:  Tips for a safe, scare-free Halloween

Boo! It's that time of year when parents and kids are making costumes and treats for school parties and of course, getting ready for trick-or-treat night! The Office of Attorney General offers the following tips to make Halloween a safe, scare-free celebration for all.


  • Select costumes that are "flame resistant."
  • Avoid baggy costumes that could hinder a child's ability to see or walk safely.
  • Fake swords, guns and knives should be avoided because they can still pose a hazard to your child or others.
  • Place reflective tape on costumes and treat bags to increase visibility for motorists.


  • Accompany small children to every doorstep.
  • Encourage older children to trick-or-treat in a group and stay within their neighborhood. If possible, provide a cell phone in case of an emergency.
  • Carry a flashlight or provide one for each child going in a group.
  • Always use a sidewalk. Otherwise, walk at the far edge of roadways facing traffic.
  • Do not use alleys or cut across yards.
  • Never enter a home or car for a treat.


  • Discourage children from eating candy until each piece has been inspected.
  • Discard opened candy or treats.
  • Examine toys and novelty items for choking hazards for small children.