When Halloween comes around, wearing
colorful costumes are an essential part of the
fun for kids of all ages. Wee witches and superheroes will be making the rounds looking for tasty treats and you want to keep them safe on their trek around the neighborhood. Here are some tips to help safety-proof your child’s Halloween costume and ensure your little one enjoys a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience.
Fire-proof your lil’ dragon
Hand-carved jack-o-lanterns lit by flickering candles cast a frighteningly fun glow to many porches and yards you’ll encounter, but it also means you’ll need to prevent your child’s costume from being exposed to fire hazards. A tiny spark can be a cause for concern, especially around unpredictable babies and toddlers, so make sure your toddler’s costume is made from fire retardant material.
Before you buy a costume or accessory like masks, beards or wigs, look for the “Flame Resistant” label. Homemade costumes can be sprayed with a fire retardant to make them fire-safe. If you’re making a costume for your child, opt for thick materials which can act as a natural fire retardant.
Clip those tail feathers
Statistics from the National Safety Council show that accidental falls are the leading cause of child injuries during trick-or-treating. If your child is a show-stopping magician with a flowing cape or a pretty princess with a long, flowing gown with streamers, these trailing tails can trip your child. Shorten capes, skirts and just about anything that will drag across the ground. Long scarves and floppy hats should also find a place on the list of things to avoid for young children.
While cowboy or witch ensembles may call for heeled boots, they increase your child’s chance of tripping in the dark and also may become uncomfortable to walk longer distances. Little ones who aren’t walking yet or who have just started walking may be carried, pulled in a wagon or pushed in a stroller much of the way. Choose warm woolen socks and comfortable shoes for these young trick-or-treaters. Older children will do well with sturdy shoes that offer a supportive fit for a long walk around the neighborhood.
Leather and canvas are breathable and durable shoe materials to wear on Halloween. Opt for footwear with a textured sole to provide traction and prevent slips.
Make sure your little sprite is highly visible while collecting the candied loot after dusk. Help your child avoid holes, cracks or other hazards by bringing a flashlight or having your child carry a light stick. Attaching reflective strips to treat bags and costumes is also a good idea. Check that the flashlight’s batteries are charged or opt for LED lanterns that operate without batteries.
Have a vision
Masks that limit your child’s vision are best avoided. Face paint or makeup is a great way to create fun effects that coordinate with your child’s costume. Check the label to make certain it’s safe and gentle for use on your child’s sensitive skin. Organic makeup is an excellent all-natural option to be extra careful not to harm your child’s skin.
Give them props
Witches with broomsticks and brave knights with swords are a delight to see on Halloween night. Check the props for sharp edges and small parts that may come apart and pose a choking hazard for younger children. Make homemade props with foamboard or soft rubber as a safe option for kids’ Halloween accessories.
With a little planning and care, you and your child can fully enjoy the trick-or-treating experience and have a safe, happy holiday.
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