Picking the safest kids' costumes for Halloween

Picking the safest kids' costumes for Halloween

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - By now, your kids must be on the Halloween countdown. The holiday is only 8 days away. But in case you are still putting together that perfect costume, police officers say parents should be picky when choosing a costume.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - By now, your kids must be on the Halloween countdown. The holiday is only 8 days away. But in case you are still putting together that perfect costume, police officers say parents should be picky when choosing a costume.

From princesses to Power Rangers, stores this year are stocked with the coolest costumes. But before you grab just anything and go - stop and consider safety.

Sandy police Sgt. Justin Chapman gives Princess Leia the prize for easiest costume to see at night -- it's white -- but darker costumes will work if they are reflective.

Chapman says adding a glow stick or even a pumpkin flashlight can make sure drivers see your trick or treaters cross the street.

There are more mask options than ever this year - you can be anyone from John McCain to Hillary Clinton to the king.  Chapman says to stay safe, just put the mask on after you get to the party.

That advice is especially for the kids, even teenagers. If they can't see clearly out of their masks, they won't see on-coming cars, or even the curb. It's very difficult to see out of a mask.

Another difficult this Halloween item is fake weapons. In fact, police departments across the state will get several calls about people carrying guns or swords on the holiday. Sgt. Chapman says plastic is okay, real is not, and when in doubt, he says choose a police officer costume.

You don't have to be a police officer to play it safe this Halloween, but you can be costume cautious. Sgt. Chapman also says don't just "send your kids" out to trick or treat, you should go with them. Adult supervision is the key in keeping kids safe on Halloween.
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