With Halloween (unbelievably) only just around the corner, some of you parents may be thinking about what you can do to get your kids all dressed up and spooky looking. You can, of course, buy the costumes, but it’s more fun, and probably a lot cheaper, if you make them yourself. However, there are some safety issues to bear in mind…
Make sure they wrap up warm
Some Halloween costumes involve little more than throwing a sheet over them, but that’s not going to keep them awfully warm if they’re out trick or treating on a chilly October evening. Remember to put plenty of layers underneath their costume so that they don’t get too cold.
Be careful with capes
Quite a lot of Halloween costumes feature capes, from Dracula to superheroes, but you do have to be careful with them. They can cause a potential strangulation risk if caught on something or they could cause your child to trip over. If you do want to go with a cape, just be extra diligent.
Make them visible at night
If your children are going trick or treating then either ensure they’re back before it’s dark or ensure they’re visible in the dark. By the end of October it starts to get dark pretty early so if it’s important to make sure other people and vehicles can see them. Either somehow attach some high visibility patches to the costume or make them nice and colourful. You could even get some dyeing & painting materials (like those at George Weil) to make some nice, bright designs.
Masks can cause problems
Like capes, masks are a staple of many Halloween costumes but, again, you have to be very careful with them. Make sure they fit your child properly, as if they fall down or don’t allow them to see properly then this could be a potential hazard when crossing the road.
Avoid flammable materials
This is incredibly important as some materials are incredibly flammable which is, obviously, very dangerous. Polyester is a good choice of material as it melts rather than flares up if exposed to flames. This article from Good Housekeeping has some more in-depth tips about flammable materials and what to avoid.
Choose accessories carefully
There are some Halloween costume ideas that are just not complete without certain accessories. For example, pirates need their swords, the Grim Reaper needs his scythe and vampires need fangs. However, you do need to be careful about the accessories you let your child have, not just for their safety, but also for the safety of others. For example, swords and scythes can be sharp and potentially hurt if caught in the eye, whilst anything that goes in the mouth is a potential choking hazard.
Do you have any tips on making your own Halloween costumes? If so then let me know!