As the excitement for children heightens as Halloween approaches every year, these are a few safety tips which the Trading Standards service have developed to protect our children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Flame Resistant Costumes

Always check costumes for a CE mark, instructions and safety information. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, be extra cautious and vigilant with costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.

Costume Designs

Purchase costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.

  • For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes where appropriate with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights;
  • To be easily seen and where appropriate children should carry electric torches,
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling,
  • Children should wear well-fitting sturdy shoes. Adult high heeled shoes are not a good idea for safe walking,
  • Hats and scarves should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes,
  • If a mask is worn make sure it fits securely and has eye-holes large enough to allow the child full vision,
  • Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft and flexible material

Pedestrian Safety

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older responsible child. All children should be encouraged to walk, not run from house to house and use the pavement if available, rather than walk in the road. 

Safety Poster

As part of a national safety campaign the Trading Standards service has developed a safety poster which aims to highlight certain potential dangers at Halloween. This poster will be distributed around various locations in the city. To download a copy of the poster go to Halloween poster (pdf 135 kb).

Sampling Project

As part of the national safety campaign the Trading Standards service also engaged with a national project in the region which involved the purchasing and testing of some 309 halloween and dressing up costumes. To see a copy of the related report go to Report (pdf 438 kb)    


To see a related press release from the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills go to BIS

To see an article on the issue go to the BBC of the 24 September 2015

Useful Contacts

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Chief Fire Officers Association

For any information, contact the Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone: 0191 2116121

Page last updated: 
6 August 2018
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