Halloween will be here before we know it, and with all the fun of trick or treating, we above all need to make sure that our children are safe during this fun night. That includes making sure they have costumes that pose no safety risk to them whether bought at a store or homemade.
You need to make sure well before the big night that there are no safety issues that could cause your child to get hurt while they are going from house to house.
One of the main concerns we all have when buying costumes is to make sure that the material the costume is made out of is flame resistant. Since jack-o-lanterns are so popular and can almost be found at any home during Halloween night, and most use candles to light the inside, sometimes children may get to close to the flame, and this can pose a serious problem. Be sure when buying a costume to check the label and make sure it is made of flame resistant material. If you are making a costume, be sure the fabric is flame resistant.
Visibility is also a big concern. When choosing your children’s costume you might want to go with brighter colors instead of dark colors such as black or dark green or blue. At night time the darker colors will make your child harder to see. If their costume is not bright, think about adding something to it that is reflective and will make your child more visible. Also have your child carry a flashlight, or even buy the glow in the dark necklaces for your children to wear.
When choosing a costume make sure that every part of the costume fits well. If a costume is too long your child can trip on the bottom of it and fall and hurt themselves. Also make sure that sleeves fit well and don’t dangle down past their hands in case they get too close to flame.
Make sure that masks, hats, and accessories are all the right size for your child. Any masks that cover the face need to have large enough eye holes for your child to be able to see good when walking, and holes in the nose and mouth area to ensure that your child can breath well.
If you are going to use face paint of hair coloring for your child’s look, be sure that none of it will be irritating to your children’s skin by doing a skin test before dressing them. Just use some of the paint on a little patch of their skin and wait for about 20 minutes to see if there is any reaction. If there is a reaction, do not use!! Also, if using any hair coloring sprays or glitter sprays, make sure that your child is no where near an open flame. These sprays can be highly flammable.
Another important thing for parents to know is to keep your children away from any dogs that you may see while trick-or-treating. Sometimes a dog may see children dressed in costumes that seem scary or masks that confuse animals and may make them attack. So steer your child away from any dogs you might encounter. It might be a good idea to carry something like a walking stick just in case.
If you practice these great costume tips, your child and you will have a safe and fun Halloween!