Halloween is supposed to be fun. You surely wouldn’t want to risk spoiling one of the best holidays of the entire year by having a completely avoidable debacle with your costume. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best Halloween costumes for your entire family that are not only most age appropriate, but will also be the most fun and enjoyable for everyone to wear!
Maximizing your child’s safety, especially if he or she is going out in the dark to go trick or treating, is very important. Sadly, each year kids get injured because of their Halloween costume, but most of these incidents can be avoided. Here are a few tips for you to consider, and will ultimately help ensure that your child’s costume is as safe as it can be!
- Masks vs. Makeup. Avoid masks for trick or treating. In the darkness, the addition of a Halloween mask can impair your child’s ability to see clearly and to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Using costume makeup instead of a mask is a great way to get the costume look you desire without obscuring your child’s vision in any way. An added bonus is that makeup is probably a lot more comfortable for your child to wear as most kids find masks hot and stuffy after only a few minutes of use.
- Tails, and other hanging parts. If your child’s costume has a tail, a fin, or any other extraneous parts that he or she is not used to, make sure they can easily navigate with them while they are in place. This is particularly important when going up and down stairs. You will want to make sure the extra “part” is completely out of the way, so that while descending any steps your child doesn’t trip over it. It may be worthwhile to shorten this accessory if there are any risks involved.
- Flame Retardant Fabric. Make sure your child’s costume is made from flame retardant fabric. This is particularly important if you are creating a D.I.Y. costume because most store bought costumes are already made from flame resistant materials. Be aware of any dangling pieces or loose fabric that could potentially get close to a lit jack-o-lantern or other source of fire.
- Hemline and General Fit. It is very important that your child not be tripping over a costume that is too long. Necklines or other areas of the costume should also fit appropriately as well. Take the time to make sure your child’s costume is hemmed up for safe walking and fits fairly close to the body.
- Color and Reflectivity. For kids that are going out trick or treating, dark colors are best avoided. If dark colors are used, by all means add some reflective tape on all sides of the costume so that your child can still be seen in the dark. Make sure that your child has a good flashlight in hand as well.
- Tying It On. The face and neck area should be free from drawstrings if at all possible, as they can become caught on things and cause a potential choking hazard. Elastic is a safer solution and keep it fairly loose around the face and neck. Tie hats and scarves snugly so that your child will not trip over them.
- Weapons. Play swords, knives, and other costume accessories should only be made of soft, flexible material.
- Pets! Many people enjoy taking their pets out on Halloween and will dress them up in a costume as well. Make sure your pet is only wearing the costume while supervised. Ensure that your pet’s costume has no dangling parts that can be chewed off and swallowed. Proper fit is essential for your pet’s safety as well. Make sure your pet’s costume is not too large or too tight.
With a few safety precautions your entire family can enjoy Halloween safely, ultimately maximizing everyone’s fun and enjoyment!