When Halloween comes every year, most kids are concerned with how much candy they can collect while trick or treating. They don’t really think about staying safe and making it home safely. It’s up to their parents to make sure they have a safe and fun night. Making sure your children are safe on Halloween start with their costume. I learned a lot over the years about making a child’s Halloween costume safe, and I also learned a lot from the KidsHealth website. Make sure your child’s costume is safe by following the tips I’m going to tell you about in this article.
Make sure your child’s costume is flame retardant. Most people still use candles to light up their carved pumpkins. You child will probably encounter hundreds of jack-o-lanterns on Halloween, and the candles can easily be knocked over, exposing the flame of the candle. So make sure your child’s costume won’t catch fire if it touches the flame.
The second thing you should consider is the ventilation of their mask. Most masks will come with ventilation holes near the nose and mouth, but sometimes they aren’t big enough or they may not line up with your child’s face properly. If your child has asthma and they aren’t getting proper ventilation in their mask, they could suffer from an asthma attack. Children without preexisting breathing problems could possibly faint from the lack of oxygen while they are running around on Halloween night. You should check to see if the ventilation holes are big enough and that they are close you the nose and mouth, if they are not, you can cut additional holes in the mask for ventilation.
Visibility is also another problem you should be concerned with in regards to your child’s costume. Some costumes are designed with dark colors which makes them very hard to see at night by motorists. You can’t always expect all the drivers on the road to be paying attention and looking out for the children who are out on Halloween night. You can buy reflective strips that you can add to the costume so they reflect light when it shines on them. Or you can have your child wear glow bracelets and necklaces to make it easier to see them in the dark. Carrying around a flash light is also a good idea because they can be seen in the dark and it will help them avoid hazards while walking.
It’s not only important to make sure people can see your children in the dark; it’s also important that your child can see too. Just like with the ventilation holes on the mask, the eye holes may be a problem too. Make sure that the eye holes are big enough and line up with the eyes so your child has no problems seeing. If they can’t see they might fall and hurt themselves or walk into the street when a car is coming toward them.
Remember, it is your responsibility as a parent to make sure your child’s Halloween costume is safe, because they won’t be thinking about safety themselves. If your child doesn’t like the idea of you making their costume safe, be sure to explain to them that it will keep them from getting hurt or possibly dying. Keep it fun and safe and enjoy Halloween!