Halloween Costume Safety Tips

10-31-06 UNDATED (AP) - Keep 'em bright, and keep 'em short. That's the advice of safety experts as you get set to dress up your ghosts and goblins for Halloween.

The Illinois health director says costumes should be reflective
and not so long that kids can trip over them. He also says parents
should go out trick-or-treating with children under 12.

The U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission says simple additions
like reflective tape and flashlights can brighten things up, making
little ones more visible to drivers. A spokeswoman says "the
biggest injury really comes from being hit by a car."

Look for lots of pirates and superheroes roaming the streets
this evening in search of treats. Costume-shop operators say those
are the most popular this year. The owner of a shop in Little Rock,
Arkansas says Elvis and Marilyn Monroe also are hot.