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14 Ways To Stay Safe This Halloween

Halloween is a fun time to dress up, go trick-or-treating, eat lots of sweeties and maybe host or attend a fancy dress party – but it’s also a time when we need to be aware of safety issues that may arise.

Don’t let yourself be spooked by Halloween. Aine Carroll from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has some simple steps to keep your trick-or-treaters safe without breaking the bank:

  1. When shopping for costumes and costume accessories for Halloween, make sure you check that they have the CE mark before you buy them. Certain products, including toys, sold in the EU, must comply with specific safety regulations. Toys must carry the CE mark which shows that they meet the required safety standards and the product has undergone safety testing in the design and manufacture process.
  2. Children’s costumes are classified as toys so you should look for the CE mark when you are buying them. All masks, wigs and other similar Halloween costume accessories should also have a visible CE mark. 
  3. Check that the label or packaging of the costume has the name and address of the manufacturer and importer.
  4. Read any safety instructions that come with the costume. They should be clear and precise and in a language that you understand.
  5. Swords, devil forks and other costume accessories should be made of soft flexible material.


  6. Make sure the props and toys your child is using this Halloween are suitable. Some children, particularly those under the age of three, may be more vulnerable, particularly to choking due to the presence of small detachable parts and some props may be unsuitable for them. Check if there is a warning about an appropriate age group for the prop and ask yourself if it is suitable for your child’s age. If you feel there is any potential danger to the safety of your child, don’t buy it.
  7. Buy from a reputable trader.
  8. Indoor and outdoor props and decorations are not intended as playthings and therefore may not be safe for your child.
  9. Costumes should fit children properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses and long capes.
  10. Ensure your child is wearing bright or light-coloured clothing when trick-or-treating to ensure they are visible to motorists or place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes, so that drivers can see them better.


  11. Novelty Halloween lighting, similar to Christmas lights, are very popular at this time of year. All electrical products sold in the EU must comply with safety standards, check they have a visible CE mark and have full contact details of the manufacturer and importer.
  12. If you are buying face paints which are marketed at children (for example have a picture of the child on the packaging) then they should have a CE mark. Always check that the packaging displays clear ingredients and instructions for use in English and has the manufacturer’s and importer’s contact details.
  13. Avoid lighting candles for Halloween around your home. Open flames are a risk at any time of year, but particularly when your children are wearing costumes that might have long or flowing materials, like capes and fake beards. Look for battery-operated candles instead of lit ones for pumpkins. And remember, never leave lit candles unattended. Remember that plastic capes and bin liners which are sometimes used as a Halloween costume can pose a fire risk. Remember, fireworks are illegal, as well as dangerous.
  14. The CCPC is the Irish contact point for a Europe-wide rapid alert system for unsafe products called RAPEX, which contains a list of all product recalls that have taken place in the European Union. This means if an unsafe product is found anywhere in Europe, the CCPC and similar agencies across Europe will quickly know about it through RAPEX. You can get a list of recent product recalls on ccpc.ie

For more Halloween safety tips and info on how to enjoy Halloween on a budget, check out the CCPC’s website www.ccpc.ie. And, finally, have a safe and happy Halloween!


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