Halloween is almost here, an exciting night for all the little ghosts, princesses, superheroes and other trick-or-treaters out ringing doorbells around the neighborhood.
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To keep this Halloween’s trick-or-treating safe and fun, Emory Petrack, MD, Medical Director of Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department, shares some tips on costume safety for parents and kids.
Halloween costume safety tips
- Costumes should be brightly colored. Make sure they are clearly visible at night.
- Costumes shouldn’t restrict movement or vision. Clothing that dangles to the ground, or accessories that could cause your child to trip or fall, can be dangerous. If your child wears a mask, make sure the eyeholes are large enough so he or she can see clearly.
- Make sure costumes are labeled “flame retardant.” Use flame-retardant costume wigs and trick-or-treat bags, too.
- Use face paint instead of masks. When using face paint, apply it to a small area of your child’s wrist several days before Halloween to make sure there isn’t a skin reaction.
- “Weapon” accessories should be made of flexible material or avoided completely. Swords, guns, lasers and similar accessories need to be rubber or other flexible material to avoid injury if there’s a fall.
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