I've already written about how Halloween is dangerous for children. In-short, Halloween is the worst day, or rather worst evening, for child-pedestrian vehicle accidents and resulting fatalities. Having kids in the street at night in dark outfits is a recipe for disaster, especially when you add the increase in drunk drivers on the road.
One of the best measures you can take to make the evening safer for your children is with high-visibility costumes. The costume companies have caught-on, and are making an increasing number of lighted costumes for children and even for adults. Check your local costume store or online and you'll find a pretty good selection of costumes with battery-powered electric lights built into the outfit. Selections for boys are mostly superheroes, and girls' costumes include the traditional fairies, princesses and witches. Check out the slideshow for some of the available store-bought options. In addition to these costumes you can find a couple others that have reflective material, like firemen and construction workers. Young trick-or-treaters need to be accompanied by adults, and the commercially available illuminated costumes for adults include some of the same themes as the child costumes.
You can also add accessories to other costumes to make them higher visibility. Add a battery-powered lightsaber to Star Wars Jedi and Sith costumes, or light-up swords to ninja and pirate costumes. Even completely homemade costumes can be made high-visibility. Add a spooky lantern prop to any ghost or monster costume. Make a robot costume out of cardboard boxes, aluminum foil and dryer vent hose, and its shiny exterior can be even more visible with some blinking lights attached, like those you can find for bicycles. You can even just glue battery-powered LEDs or electric tea lights to you child's candy bucket, or at least some reflective tape from the hardware store.
Every little thing you can do to increase your child's visibility will help. I have to commend the costume industry for making all these new high-visibility options for kids. It doesn't stop there, though. Talk to your kids about how to stay safe before they go out, and make sure there are enough adults to monitor all the kids effectively (at least one adult for every five-or-so kids is a good rule). Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but you shouldn't have to genuinely fear for your child's safety or your own. Be safe and have fun.
What do you think about these new light-up costumes? Have you tried any of them out? Do you have some homemade ideas to share? Tell me and other readers about you thoughts and experiences in the comments below. Thanks very much for reading. Subscribe to get First Aid and Safety alerts in you email. Stay safe and be well.