Halloween is just days away, and many kids are busy getting their costumes ready for trick-or-treating! But can certain costumes be more dangerous for your child's safety?
We looked at a few with a member of the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, to find out the Do's and Don't's.
Halloween night is full of candy, costumes and a lot of fun for kids! But with all that excitement, many children forget basic safety.
"Kids are excited. So they're not going to be as aware as they might normally be, so we need to do that as adults to remind them that they need to be aware and then also be there to help them," said Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Division Chief, Jeff Helm.
One way to do that is to pick a costume that promotes safety. Brightly colored costumes, or even some with lights can help with visibility.
"The darker the color the harder they're going to be seen at night when they're trick or treating. So you just want to be aware. If you're going to pick those types of costumes, make sure that you have either a flashlight with them, or some glow sticks. Or you can even purchase some after market type tapes that are glow," said Helm.
While all costumes at major retailers have to be fire resistant, that doesn't mean they're completely fire proof. Things like large dress skirts or capes can be fire hazards.
"When you come up to somebody's house for trick or treating, they've got those jack-o-lanterns and a lot of times they have candles in them. Well if you've got a poofy dress like that, they could get caught in there," said Helm.
While a mask may make some costumes look extra cool, not being able to see properly can cause trouble.
"You want to make sure that their vision is clear. So if it isn't you need to adjust it, whether you make the holes a little bit larger do that. Just so that they can see," said Helm.
And as always, keep a close eye on where your kids are heading this Halloween.
"When you come up to homes you're not familiar with, just stay with your children. And make sure they're not eating too much candy," said Helm.
Helm says if you're making your own costumes, be sure to use fire resistant materials like polyester or nylons.