Most injuries to children on Halloween are the result of falls, burns and motor-vehicle accidents.
Here are some sensible precautions from the National Safe Kids Campaign:
Face paint and cosmetics are safer than loose-fitting masks, which can block vision. Masks, if used, should fit securely and have wide-enough eye holes.
Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.
For fire safety, avoid flimsy, baggy, billowing garments.
Light-colored costumes are more visible at night. Strips of reflective tape can help.
Secure hats so they won't slip over children's eyes.
Adult shoes aren't safe for little trick-or-treaters; kids could trip and fall.
Knives, swords and other props should be flexible, in case of a fall.
Have a session with youngsters about traffic safety: Stop at corners, look both ways, cross only at intersections, never dart out between parked cars.
Someone in the group should carry a flashlight, to see and be seen.
Tell kids not to cut across yards; lawn ornaments, hoses, tools and clotheslines can be hidden hazards in the dark.