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5 kid Halloween costume safety tips

Health, safety, prevention

Find weekly advice geared toward children, their parents and caregivers from the team of experts at Dayton Children’s Hospital every Tuesday in Life.

Five “make it …” tips for safe Halloween costumes from the Dr. Mom Squad:

1. Make it fit. The outfit, including shoes, should fit the child appropriately so that they can move around safely. Avoid anything too long which could cause them to trip.

2. Make it flame-retardant. Avoid anything too loose which could be a fire hazard as they walk around or get caught in bushes or shrubs. Don't buy a costume unless it's labeled "flame-retardant." This means the material won't burn.

3. Make it visible. Choose a light-colored costume, attach something reflective to their costume or allow them to wear or carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to motorists.

4. Make it easy to see out of. Choose face paint and makeup when possible instead of masks because they can obstruct a child's vision. Look for face paint that is listed as non-toxic and designed for skin. Consider a trial of the face paint on your child's forearm or leg a few days before to monitor for an allergic reaction. Avoid the area around the eyes. Remember; do not leave the paint on overnight. Also, avoid decorative contact lenses.

5. Make it breathable. Make sure wigs and beards don't cover your kids' eyes, noses or mouths making it difficult to breathe or see.

Lastly don’t forget to make it fun and safe. Halloween is an exciting time for families. You and your kids will enjoy the holiday even more knowing they are avoiding preventable injuries thanks to a safe costume!