This year my son is determined to scare the neighborhood as a hair-raising werewolf and my daughter is going to use her costume for the benefit of the greater good and save the day as Supergirl!
Even The Hubs and I are even getting into the act.
He’s going as Billy Jack and I’m torn between joining my daughter as a superhero or dressing up as a geisha. I know those two costume options are at totally different ends of the spectrum! At least I have a few more days to decide…
Now the right costume for you or your child can make all the difference for a fun and, more importantly, safe Halloween. Whether your costume is store-bought or home-made, this edition of “5 Things You Need To Know About…” is dedicated to tips to ensure your child’s costume is safe and they’ll have more treats than tricks!
- When purchasing costumes, masks, beards, and wigs, make sure to get ones that are flame-resistant fabrics, such as nylon or polyester; or look for the label “Flame Resistant.” Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly if your child accidentally comes in contact with an open candle flame.
- Make sure the costume fits well and do not drag on the ground, so children don’t trip and fall.
- Skip masks, beards, wigs other accessories that could obstruct a child’s vision or breathing. And choose costume accessories, such as swords, wands and knives that are made of soft, flexible material so as not to hurt others.
- Use child-friendly, non-toxic face paint or makeup. Make sure to test it prior to Halloween on a small area on your child’s skin to make sure it doesn’t irritate. Tip: Make-up remover wipes make removing a child’s makeup at the end of the night a snap.
- If your child has a dark costume, buy a piece of reflective tape and stick it on the costume in several places as well as their treat bag so they can stand out in the dark to motorists. You can find reflective tape at hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores. Quite honestly, I’d consider this tip for all costumes!
Looking for Trick or Treat safety tips? I’ve got those too, you can check them out here.
Now it’s your turn to share. What is your all-time favorite Halloween costume?
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