From Newark Police
The right costume for your child can make all the difference for a fun and safe Halloween.
Letting your child pick out his or her own costume, within reason, will give them a sense of responsibility and make them feel more independent that they were able to select their own costume.
Whether store bought or homemade, Halloween costumes should be fun or scary, yet safe.
Below are some ideas to hazard-proof your Halloween fun. Costumes should be scary to those who see them, not those who wear them!
Here are some easy tips to make your Halloween a safe and happy one!
- You should only purchase costumes that are made of flame retardant material. If they are homemade, make sure you use fabrics that are inherently flame resistant, such as nylon and polyester.
- Try to work reflector strips into your child's costume, a flash light or light stick to make them more visible at night. This will make them more visible by drivers and you can keep an eye on them as well if they get ahead of you while out trick or treating.
- Make sure that your costume fits properly to avoid any accidents like tripping over a long dress or cape. Make sure that it is comfortable since it will probably be worn for several hours. Do not include high heel shoes or long dangling pieces of costume that could be tripped over. A scraped knee or bloody nose can really ruin the fun.
- If they are carrying a prop such as a scythe or sword, make sure they are made out of a flexible plastic that will bend if fallen on. Most of the props available today are made of flexible plastic.
- Be sure to pre-test any makeup you plan to use by applying a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it for about thirty minutes a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or any other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, it could be a sign of a possible allergy or adverse reaction.
- If a mask is worn, make sure that the eye holes are big enough to see not only in front but peripherally as well. You may have to cut them open further yourself. If so, use some black or gray grease paint around the eye socket to cover skin.