Whether custom making your little one’s Halloween costume at home or buying one off the rack at the store, there are a few safety tips to bear in mind regarding the costume fabric and accessories. The use of lighted candles both indoors and outdoors are choice decorations for Halloween and the Halloween costume flammability factor needs to be consider to keep little ones safe while trick or treating or attending Halloween parties.
Synthetic Fabric Halloween Costumes Only
All Halloween costumes should be made of synthetic fabric, never cotton. Cotton fabric ignites quickly if it comes into contact with a flame, like that from a lighted candle. If cotton fabric catches on fire, the flames travel up the fabric and can spell disaster for a little trick or treater.
Synthetic fabric on the hand melts when it comes into contact with a flame of fire. When making homemade Halloween costumes, use synthetic fabrics, such as nylons or polyesters and when purchasing a store bought Halloween costume, read the label to make sure the costume is made from a synthetic fabric and is flame resistant.
Spray-On Glitter is a Fire Hazard
When creating a homemade Halloween costume, don’t apply spray-on glitter to the fabric and don’t purchase a store bought costume that has spray-on glitter. The glue that causes the glitter to adhere to the fabric is highly flammable. If sparkle is desired on the Halloween costume, opt to sew (not glue) on glittery sequins instead of using spray-on glitter.
Capes on Halloween Costumes are Popular, But…
Halloween costumes that have capes are popular, especially for boys who want to dress up as Superman or Spiderman and be a super-hero for one night of the year. Those capes that are so desirable are also fire safety hazards for little trick or treaters. A long cape on the back of a Halloween costume can easily be dragged across a lighted candle and catch on fire. If a cape is a must on the back of a Halloween costume, make sure it is made from synthetic fabric and cut off a long cape (knee length) to make it a shorter version that is less likely to come into contact with the open flame of a burning candle. If creating a homemade caped Halloween costume, attach the cape to the Halloween costume with Velcro so it can quickly be removed in case of an emergency situation.