Halloween is just under three weeks away, so it’s time to begin thinking about ensuring it will be a safe night for you and your children. This will be the first in a series of articles about how to do just that.
This first article will focus on costume safety. The right costume for both you and your child can make a decided difference as to whether or not your family experiences a fun and safe Halloween.
Within reason, allow your child to select her own costume. This will give her a sense of responsibility as well as make her feel more independent.
Below you will find some easy tips to make your Halloween a safe and happy one!
- Only buy costumes that are made of flame retardant material (if homemade, use fabrics that are inherently flame resistant, such as nylon and polyester. The federal Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) requires all costumes sold at retail outlets to be flame-resistant.
- Try to work reflector strips into your child’s costume and have them carry a flash light or light stick to make them more visible at night.
- Ensure the costume fits properly to prevent accidents like tripping over a long dress or cape. Make sure it is comfortable as it will likely be worn for a good while. Do not include high heel shoes or long dangling costume pieces that could cause a fall.
- If the costume requires a prop such as scythe or sword, ensure they are made out of flexible plastic that will bend if fallen upon.
- Be sure to pre-test any makeup you plan to use by applying a small amount of the person who will be wearing it for about 30 minutes several days in advance. This is to determine whether or not the person is allergic to any of its components.
- If your child will be wearing a mask, be sure the eye holes are big enough to see not only in front but peripherally as well. This may require you to enlarge the area yourself. If so, use some black or gray grease paint around the eye socket to cover the skin.
- If going out with a group, confer with the other parents in advance so you can make your child’s costume unique enough so it will stand out amongst the others.
Stay tuned for other tips to make your Halloween celebration a fun one.