Halloween is a fun time of the year where kids of all ages (and adults alike) go a little crazy and a little overboard, but unfortunately it can come with safety worries—particularly when it comes to the costumes we choose for our children.
There are issues from flammability to strangulation risks with some costumes, so if you are concerned, consider these 5 tips for selecting a safe costume:
Be on the look out for halloween costumes that have labels that claim to be flame retardant or flame resistant. It is important though that this does not mean fire-proof. It is just a warning.
2. Masks and suffocation
Masks are common accessories at halloween and can often make the costume. But not all masks are comfortable and some may not even be the right fit or design for your child.
Not only will this be very annoying and irritating to wear but it could also cause concerns with breathing especially if it is not the right size and therefore blocks the nose or mouth.
Instead of using a mask or head accessory, consider using face paint instead. You can find organic and non-toxic face paints for kids, and you don’t have to worry about a mask which can obscure vision and cause breathing issues, particularly for toddlers and very young children.
3. Fabric choices
If your child has skin sensitivities, it is worth considering the costume’s fabric. Look for a costume that’s made from a soft, breathable fabric, and if possible one that’s made from natural fabrics.
It is important too that the costume you choose for your child does not restrict their movement at all or is a hazard for them when walking around. When a costume is too large they could trip and if it is too tight it can cause circulation issues. If you are borrowing a costume from a friend or have purchased one second hand that is a little too large, you may want to consider a few small alterations to ensure it is safe.
5. Standing Out
This is one of the most important elements. Make sure your child’s costume has some type of reflectiveness. Even if your child is going to be right by your side during Trick-or-Treating there should still at least be reflective tape added if you’ll be going anywhere in the dark. When there are hundreds of witches, wizards, ghosts and goblins on the street, you’ll want to know which one is yours immediately.
Now that you have safety covered, how about taking a look at this article on some cheap and inexpensive ideas for creating a costume this halloween.
You don’t need to spend a fortune and with some clever tricks up your sleeve you can re-use old costumes, improvise and the kids will still have plenty of fun.