Halloween may be the ideal time to let your kids just be kids, but that does not mean that you let them have the run of the whole town. Not only will they disturb the whole neighborhood with their antics, but they may also be in danger of seriously injuring themselves while wearing those unfamiliar costumes. Keep the following things in mind when choosing one for your child if you don’t want this to happen to your kid:
- Make sure the costumes you buy are flame resistant. You can make sure of this by checking if it has the Flame Resistant label stitched on it. An upturned jack-o-lantern will not be a problem then since the fire can be put out much more easily on this material.
- It’s never a good idea to let kids go outside when it gets dark but many parents make an exception come Halloween. Make sure that your children are visible to others at all times by providing them with flashlights or by adding a reflective trim to their costume. This will make spotting them easier especially if it starts to rain. Oncoming cars can also spot them a mile away and will avoid hitting them as well.
All in all, make sure that the costume you buy has no safety hazards that could harm your child. For example:
- If the costume has a mask that has to be worn, make sure it fits properly to avoid a choking hazard. An ill-fitting mask can also blind your child to oncoming traffic or open drains. To reduce the risk the mask should have eyeholes large enough to see through properly.
- Props like fake swords and guns should be made of a soft material and that the costume is not too long.