It’s Almost That Pumpkin Time of Year Again…
Halloween is coming and parents are starting to buy and make costumes for their families. There are a few things to consider before you just purchase the first thing your child likes, however. Parents should watch out for toxic ingredients, clothing that can restrict visibility, and costumes that can cause children to trip and fall. Here are a few tips we’ve compiled to make sure your Halloween season is as safe as it can be:
- Check ingredients, especially if your child has a sensitivity. Many face paints and costume paint has ingredients that can cause headaches, rashes, or other reactions. It’s important to choose natural, non-toxic ingredients and test them out on a small portion of your arm before you put them on your children.
- Don’t forget to look at candy ingredients, too! There are plenty of parents who purchase healthier candy versions ahead of time and swap them out for what’s in their children’s Halloween buckets. You can find candies that are allergen-friendly, lower on sugar, or even good for you! Make sure to order in plenty of time to have it arrive before Halloween.
- Avoid costumes that are too tight. Costumes that are too tight, especially across the face and eyes, can restrict visibility and movement. This can cause your child to trip over things she can’t see, or step into the street in front of a car she didn’t notice. Tight costumes might make her trip and fall as well, or could cause binding or be uncomfortable to wear. Consider face paint instead of masks, and keep the paint well away from eyes, nose, and mouth.
- At the same time, you don’t want costumes to be too loose. Make sure there is nothing dangling, including shoe laces, that children can trip on or get caught on. This goes for your child’s candy bucket as well: it should be light enough for the child to carry easily and not have straps or handles so big that they pose tripping hazards.
- Think visibility. All-black costumes aren’t the best idea, but if your child has her heart set on being a witch dressed in black, purchase some reflector strips to attach to her hat, candy bucket, shoes, and the back of her cloak so that cars can see her.
- Choose comfortable shoes. Find shoes that match the costume but that also will be comfortable to walk in. Most children walk and run for at least a mile on Halloween, trick-or-treating all around their neighborhood. Their shoes shouldn’t cause binding or blistering, and they also shouldn’t pose any tripping hazards.
Have fun this Halloween, and stay safe!
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