Ah, Halloween. My favorite holiday! While there’s nothing like breathing in the crisp fall air, munching on chocolate bars, and running from house to house with your friends, there are certain things you should keep in mind when it comes to costume safety to make sure that you have a fun, and safe, night.

Make sure to keep warm

Particularly in Colorado, we don’t know how the weather will behave. I still have snow on my front lawn from the storm that just came through! While we will continue to cross our fingers for a warmer night, it’s best to plan ahead, just in case.

Update your usual costume for warmth. Consider what you might be able to add to the costume without detracting from it. What would the character wear in cold weather? For example, an elf or a superhero might don a cloak, a fairy might wear longer sleeves or an animal might have grown a thicker fur coat for the colder season.

Make use of thermals or fine merino layers under the costume. Slimline merino tops and pants or thermals can be placed underneath a costume to keep you warm. Choose the lengths of the sleeves and legs according to the costume; there are thermal shorts as well as short- or long-sleeved thermals.

Bring a jacket along anyway. Regardless of what it looks like when you wear it, having it ready for when you really start to feel cold will allow you to stay out for longer and keep warm (wikiHow).

Keep those feet feeling good

Ensure that shoes fit well. Nobody wants to cut their trick-or-treating short due to ill fitting shoes! Make sure that it’s not time for a growth-spurt upgrade in footwear a week before Halloween. This will give the child time to break the shoe in as well.

Don’t wear your flip-flops. This one goes without saying, but the same rings true for wearing shoes that have thin material on them. Wearing good, solid sneakers is always a good bet and if (knock on wood!) it’s snowing, there’s no shame in throwing on those snow boots!

Bright is better when it comes to costumes

Choose costumes with bright colors. When possible, choose a costume with bright colors. This will make it easier for cars and other people to see you in the dark.

Place reflective tape or stickers on costumes or bags. If your costume of choice is a bit darker, a quick fix is to use reflective tape or stickers on your costume or trick-or-treating bag.

Carry flashlights or glow sticks. If you have flashlights available, give one to your kiddo to carry. Not only do these provide extra light, but younger children always seem to get a kick out of having their own source of light in the dark.

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Face painting with safety in mind

Use paint instead of masks. Masks eliminate peripheral vision and make it hard to see oncoming traffic. A safer alternative is to use face paint. Make sure to the the paint on the child’s arm first to make sure they aren’t allergic to it.

When you need an accessory…

Ensure that shoes fit well. Nobody Try to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. But if your child’s costume won’t be complete without a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends.

Double check that all costume items are flame resistant

Look for the label. This one is simple! Look for the label on the costume or the bag it came in that indicates that it’s a flame retardant.

Are colored contact lenses safe?

Avoid if you can. Colored or decorative contact lenses can be a really fun and effective addition to a Halloween costume. There are special effect contact lenses available in almost any imaginable color or design. However, they can limit vision and impair your eyesight.

If you do choose to wear colored or decorative lenses, make sure to follow these safety tips:

  • Replace the contacts when recommended
  • Do not sleep in them
  • Carefully wash your hands before handling the lenses
  • Do not swim or wear the lenses in a pool or hot tub

Have a great night!

By keeping all of these suggestions in mind, and putting plans for safety in place, you’re bound to have a terrific Halloween night. Happy trick-or-treating!

Jolene Rheault

Jolene works as a marketing professional but full-time as a mom. She lives in Highlands Ranch, CO with her 7-year-old son, husband, 2 cats, and a bearded dragon named Jerry.

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