Halloween Safety: How to Safety-Proof Your Child's Costume

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No matter what kind of costume your child will be wearing this Halloween, make sure it passes the safety test. Here's how to give any costume a quick safety makeover.

  • According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of accidental injuries on Halloween. Shorten overly-long skirts, capes, tails, and anything else that trails on the ground.
  • Make sure your little goblin is highly visible, especially if trick-or-treating at dusk. Fix reflective striping to his costume or Halloween treat bag, or make sure he's carrying a flashlight or glow stick. (Using a flashlight? Don't forget to check those batteries!)
  • Choose safe, sturdy shoes; forgo high heels or grown-up shoes. They may look terrific, but they're tripping hazards (and uncomfortable, too!).
  • Beware of masks that limit visibility. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure it offers good ventilation and that the peepholes line up with your child's eyes.
  • Face paint is a great alternative to masks, provided it's gentle and child-safe. Choose non-toxic, lab-tested makeup that meets all federal standards for cosmetics.
  • Avoid long scarves and sashes and overly-floppy hats.
  • Kids love props, but if your child is carrying a broomstick or sword, make sure it's made of cardboard or flexible rubber. Avoid anything with sharp edges.
  • Plan for the weather. Live in a cool climate? Think about buying a larger size costume so you can layer clothing beneath it, or make a cape part of your child's costume. Trick-or-treaters should be comfortable as well as safe.

Additional Halloween Safety Resources:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Halloween Health and Safety Tips
American Academy of Pediatrics: Halloween Safety Tips
National Safety Council: Halloween Safety(PDF)

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