Halloween costumes are supposed to be scary, but not because they're made in an unsafe fashion. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to make sure your young hobgoblins are attired in safety-conscious garments on that frightful night. Some things to keep in mind:
- Wear makeup instead of a mask, or choose a mask that allows for unobstructed sight and hearing.
- Buy costumes, wigs, and other accessories that are flame-resistant. And have kids rehearse the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case their clothes do catch on fire.
- Write emergency identification information (name, address, phone number) discreetly within the costume or on a makeshift bracelet made of a strip of light-colored cloth.
- Make sure the costume has enough room for warm clothing underneath. A cold child is an inattentive child.
- Plan costumes that are easily seen on dark nights by drivers. Add reflective tape (you can even buy it in spooky gray) to too-dark outfits. Make sure costumes are short enough that kids don't trip on them or inadvertently brush them against the low-lying flames in jack-o'-lanterns and candles.
- Avoid simulated knives, guns, or swords. If you can't, make sure they're soft and flexible enough to prevent injury.