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9 Halloween Safety Tips for Kids’ Costumes

When it comes to safety for Halloween, the focus tends to be on the candy or other treats the children are receiving from strangers.  However, the costume the little ones are wearing are just as important to be aware of. Keep them safe by following these 9 halloween safety tips for your kiddo’s costume.

Good Fit

Make sure your child’s costume is not too big or loose for him or her.  If the costume is too long, it is not safe and your child may trip over it.  An airy, flowing costume can tangle with objects and people and can present a fire hazard around open candles that are usually present during Halloween.  Your best bet is to choose a costume that is the correct length and fits well.

Choose Nonflammable Materials

Check on the label of the costume and make up for flame-resistant materials.  This is very important since jack-o-lanterns, candles, and other ornamental flames are common for decoration during Halloween.

Keep the Neck Area Clear

Avoid costume elements that are too tight around the neck, such as cords or sashes, that can present a choke hazard.  Be very cautious and safe about jewelry that can tangle around the neck as well.

Capes With Caution

Capes are fun, but unfortunately and not as safe as it is commonly assumed, may pose a choke-risk or may be easily be tripped over by the child if it is not the right length.

Use Masks Wisely

If your child is wearing a mask, make sure that it is worn just for photos or when he or she is not walking (more likely running).  Some masks are not safe and can block a child’s vision, which is even more of a concern during night time.  Make sure that the mask fits snugly on your child’s face, but not too tight around the neck.  The larger the holes around the eyes and nose, the better for seeing and breathing for your child.

Double Check Paint Labels

Instead of using masks, face paint is a great  option.  Check that the paint is FDA-approved and can be used on skin.  “Non-toxic” does not completely mean that it is safe to be used on the face.  Also check the ingredients of the make up  to make sure that it is nothing that your child is allergic too.

Choose Accessories Carefully

Make sure that costume accessories such as swords and knives are soft and flexible.  Wands, staffs, and canes should have no sharp edges or points.

Light and Reflection

Attach reflective materials onto your child’s costume to make sure that others can see him or or her at night.  Accompanying adults should carry a flashlight to light the path and make it easier for drivers to see trick or treaters.

Safe Footwear

Should your child choose to wear the shoes that come with the costume, make sure that is has traction to prevent slipping and falling.  If the footwear is a shoe-cover, check that it fits snugly.  More than often though, these shoe covers tend to slip off while walking, being safe with regular sneakers is better.

Halloween Costume Ideas You Can Make With Your Child

Halloween with your child can be one of the most fun times of the year. From pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating, the holiday is full of enjoyable opportunities for a great time with the kids. Going to the local department store and picking out a costume is fine, but you miss out on an exciting activity with your child. Plus, have you ever looked at a Halloween costume thinking that you could have made something better for a tenth of the price? Making your child’s Halloween costume together is an opportunity for your children to learn valuable skills, have fun with their mom or dad, and will give them a sense of pride when they wear it on the big day. Here are some easy Halloween costume ideas that are fun and simple to make.

Halloween Costumes:

  • mummy Halloween costume takes little more than some light colored, tight fitting clothes (try PJs), and a few rolls of gauze. Use glue to make a permanent costume, or wrap it on the day of. Be ready for giggles as you begin to wrap!
  • bat costume can be made by detaching the head of an umbrella and cutting it in half (be sure there are no sharp edges), making wings (black cloth can also be used). Sew these to the back of a plain black sweatshirt, and cut ears out of black felt. Make a mask by cutting a piece of construction paper and gluing it to sunglasses.
  • An artist costume is easy to make. Cut a paint pallet out of cardboard and paint splotches of different colors onto it. A brush to hold and a bandana to wear are the only other essentials, but it might be fun to think creatively about which clothes would represent an artistic personality. A great follow up activity is painting!
  • A flower costume can be made using an all green outfit topped with felt petals. With some safety scissors and a chalk line (depending on his or her age), your child can cut he petals his/herself.Face paint is optional.
  • A simple knight costume can be created with a base of grey sweatpants and a grey hooded sweatshirt. An art smock or vest (worn backwards) can be adorned with a painted or sewn emblem, designed by your child. Tuck the pants into high boots (snow boots should work fine) and there’s just one more step. A sword can be made from wood or cardboard, using a saw or scissors to cut a blunt tip and attaching a small piece of the material at the base as the hilt, or cross-guard. Use silver spray paint to give it a realistic sheen. A shield can be cut out of cardboard and decorated by your child (use string to make a handle to slide the arm through).
  • Make a Lego Halloween costume using by painting a cardboard box and cutting a home for your child’s head. Glue colored plastic bowls to the front to make it complete, and make sure the sweatpants and sweatshirt matches the color of the box.

This list is just a start. Think creatively with you child and you are sure to come up with the perfect Halloween costume ideas to fit you both. Enjoy your crafting and happy Halloween!

Black Spider Halloween Costume Invitation
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