Oct
3
2011

A Safe Halloween Costume for Your Child

Halloween is a fun holiday. It’s great for kids – but it can be dangerous, too. Most accidents, statistically, are costume related. Use the following tips to make sure your child’s Halloween costume is as safe as possible.

When picking out a Halloween costume, let your child help. They might want to wear a Green Lantern costume for children, a children’s Snow White costume, or even a Police costume for children. Whichever one you choose, make it a safe Halloween costume for children.

Halloween Ideas for Safe Costumes

• Make sure the costume fits. You don’t want it too tight. They must be able to move freely. You don’t want it too loose, however, so that it catches on things and causes accidents.

• Make sure that the hems of robes or dresses are at least ankle high so that kids won’t trip over them.

• Avoid heavy costumes so that your child isn’t overly tired at the end of the night.

• Make sure that the Halloween costume is made from fire-resistant or fire-retardant material.

• Watch for fire hazards while trick or treating (for example, candles and jack-o-lanterns) and make sure your kids know to do the same.

• Make sure that any mask your child is wearing fits properly and that they can breathe easily.

• Read labels on makeup and do a spot test on your child’s skin at least 24 hours before using it on the whole face.

• Only use materials intended for use on skin. If you use things like food coloring, you’re going to dye the skin and they’re going to stay that color for a while. Other chemicals could lead to nasty burns.

Have fun, but make Halloween a safe day this year for you and your child. What is your child wearing for Halloween this year? Let me know on twitter, Facebook, or leave me a message here on the blog.

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