Whether you’ve decided to use a store bought Halloween costume, or have a DIY costume you made all on your own, there are a few things to consider regarding Halloween costume safety. These are all things you’ll want to think about BEFORE Halloween night, especially when children’s costumes are concerned.
The Halloween costume safety checklist below should be printed out and reviewed to keep your Halloween fun and accident free. Many of the following tips are recommended by the National Safety Council.
Halloween costume safety checklist:
Halloween costume safety – Costumes
1. Costumes and wigs should be made of fire-retardant materials.
2. Costume length should not pose a tripping hazard. If the material is a bit long, use double-sided tape to pin it up to a safe height (ankle length is recommended)
3. Costumes should be made of reflective material. If not, reflective tape can be taped to the back of the costume to increase visibility.
4. Costumes should not be made of heavy, bulky material. Making a costume too heavy can be tiring to wear or carry around.
5. Does your Halloween costume have a tail? If so, practice walking with it to make sure it won’t pose a tripping hazard. If it’s a bit long, shorten it before Halloween night.
6. Trick or Treaters should be comfortable on Halloween night, so make sure costumes are loose enough to accommodate warm clothing underneath.
Halloween costume safety – Masks and makeup
1. Avoid using masks that obstruct vision. Theatrical make-up can be used in place of a bulky mask that may make it difficult to see. Any mask that will be worn on Halloween should have ample eye space and a free breathing passage.
2. When using face make-up, check the package ingredients before applying to avoid irritation. Make certain that the makeup has been laboratory tested and has met Federal standards for cosmetics and is non-toxic. (Safetynote – If possible, apply a bit of makeup beforehand to check for an allergic reaction)
Halloween costume safety – Accessories:
1. Many DIY Halloween costumes and store bought costumes come with hard accessories, such as knives, swords, magic wands, etc. These can pose a serious danger and children should not be permitted to carry them when Trick or Treating. Flexible accessories can be substituted.
Have a safe & Happy Halloween!
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