It's October and the kids are ready for Halloween! Your kids may already have their eye on a certain character, animal or other costume but before you head out the buy, here are some important safety tips.
- Choose fire-retardant costumes. Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headwear you purchase. If you're making the costume yourself, choose fabric content carefully and talk the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material.
- Use make-up instead of masks. Hypoallergenic, non-toxic face paint is a better choice than a mask, which may block your child's vision and hinder breathing. If you do opt for a mask, cut oversized holes for his eyes and mouth, and encourage only putting the mask on when safely in the light and away from the road.
- Avoid oversized costumes and shoes (or shoe covers) that can cause trips. Choose comfortable shoes and make sure clothes don't drag on the ground.
- Select light-colored costumes when possible. This makes it easier for drivers to spot trick-or-treaters. For costumes that have to be dark, accessorize with a white, glow in the dark, or lighted candy bag to help them stand out in the dark.
- Attach reflective tape to costumes A few strips on your child's back, front, and goodie bag should do the trick. If your child is planning on biking or skateboarding, stick some tape on that as well.
- Ensure a place for emergency information (name, number, and address) are somewhere on their clothes or on a bracelet if you're not going to be with them.
- Choose accessories that are smooth and flexible. Look for swords, knives, and other accessories that don't look too realistic or have sharp ends or points.
- Buy a flashlight, watch, and/or prepare a cell phone to help them see where they going, know when to head home, or make a call if they are in trouble. Make sure they knows their curfew and how to contact you.