Halloween costume safety is the last thing on a child’s mind when Halloween rolls around. They’re too busy thinking about running around the neighborhood collecting as much candy as possible to be concerned about whether or not they can see through their zombie mask, or if they might trip over their superhero cape.
Children should be able to focus on fun rather than worry about hurting themselves because of their costumes. Do a last minute check to make sure that your child stays safe with these Halloween costume safety tips.
Dark clothes and costumes are spooky, but they’re also difficult to see in the dark. Have children wear reflective materials or attach reflective accents to costumes to make them more visible.
Glow sticks and flashing lights – such as bike lights – are also great ways to make it easier to see children on Halloween.
Be able to see
Your child needs to be seen, but he or she must be able to see, too. Flash lights or head lamps – which allow for hands free lighting while you trick-or-treat – will allow your child to see where they’re going. Carrying a source of light will also make it easier for children to be seen.
Make sure that masks and hats are secure and that they won’t obscure vision. Consider face paint instead of a mask.
For young children under five, try to go out before it gets dark. Plan to visit the houses on your favorite street. Once it is dark, consider heading home and letting them help hand out Halloween candy.
Choose practical footwear for trick-or-treating. Maybe stilettos or oversized clown shoes would complete the costume, but well-fitting sneakers are much safer.
Make sure that footwear fits properly and laces are tied tight.
You’re better off skipping the props so hands remain free for trick-or-treating. If props are a must, however, make sure that all props and accessories are secure and safe.
Keep costumes trim
Flowing materials and baggy clothing can get caught or stepped on. Keep costumes trim and avoid costumes with excess materials.
Look to see what items are made of when choosing masks, face paint, or accessories for Halloween costumes.
Avoid unfamiliar chemicals, toxic materials, or anything that your child is allergic to. Test face paint on skin before completely covering your child’s face.
For allergic reactions contact Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics Walk-In Clinic, and for medical emergencies call 911 or head to the emergency room.
Choose costumes made from flame retardant or flame resistant materials. Most people won’t have open flames on their doorstep while children are out trick-or-treating, but it’s still important that children know to avoid flames from jack-o-lanterns or other decorations.
Safe costumes are a good start, but make sure that children are supervised.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!