Thursday, October 27, 2011

What Are Your Charges Dressing Up as for Halloween?

Halloween Costume Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Costume Safety Tips:
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
What are your charges going to be for Halloween?

12 comments:

Sarah Marie said...

They each have two costumes! My nineteenth month old, K, will be a lion and an alligator. His younger brother will get his hand-me-downs from last year: a snuggly bear and a pumpkin. So sweet:)

Sarah Marie said...

**edit: nineteen month old

Diane said...

Ninja and pink kitten! I dress up as a witch!

Tobago Nanny said...

The littliest is a pea pod! We also have a princess, Harry Potter and a duck.

Nanny said...

The 3 year old is gonna be a black cat. These safety tips scare me with her wearing black but I doubt her parents will take her trick or treating in the dark. The 18 month old is going to be a spotted dog. We have been practicing saying "meow" and "woof woof".

Patti said...

Storm trooper, Angel & slice of pizza!

Anonymous said...

One girl is a dresing in grass skirt as a girl from Hawaii. The other is a geisha. Is it racist for her to dress as a chinese girl though?

Maria Lopez, Miami said...

Ragedy Ann and Ragedy Andy

Steph 6 said...

A serial killer. She'll be a box of Cheerios cereal with a knife sticking out of the cereal box with fake blood coming out. The other child is a lego. Amazingly creative.

Farrah said...

Baby is the cutest pumpkin andolder sister will be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. She has her little dog to bring along as ToTo Dorothy's dog.

Eva said...

4 year old Charile Brown, 10 year old girl wwill be a football player, and baby as a bumble bee.

Kim said...

Storm trooper, Angel & slice of pizza!