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Child Safe Halloween Costumes

October 18, 2021

At this time last year, we were all questioning how Halloween traditions would need to change for us to stay safe during the fall holidays. While we, unfortunately, haven’t reached the end of the pandemic, the herd immunity being built by the COVID-19 vaccine is helping us get closer every day.

Just recently, the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave a cautious go-ahead for trick-or-treating in 2021. There are, however, a few stipulations to keep in mind.

Firstly, trick-or-treating this year should be an outdoor-only event. Crowds should be limited. Halloween parties aren’t recommended, but small trick-or-treating groups are okay. Keep the candy-gathering interactions short and sweet, and, as always, the unvaccinated and high-risk should stay masked up.

However, it’s important to recognize that the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing, so monitor the transmission risk level in your area. Use your best judgment to keep your family safe. Even if you decide to go with an alternative to trick-or-treating, your child will likely still want to dress up—after all, it’s the best part of Halloween, second only to the candy.

Sadly, there is no shortage of accidents that happen on Halloween, many a result of unsafe costumes and accessories. When helping your child pick out a costume, keep these safety tips in mind to have an injury-free Halloween.

Choose Costume Material Wisely

While fire safety may not be one of the first things you think of during Halloween, it should be a consideration. Children find themselves around a lot of open flames during the holiday, from bonfires to jack-o-lanterns to decorative candles.

Your child’s costume should be made of flame-resistant material, like polyester or nylon. It’s best to choose a costume that uses one kind of fabric rather than several different ones, as the latter can catch fire faster. For the same reason, avoid costumes with multiple flimsy layers (think tutus).

Be Conscious of Strangulation Hazards

Costumes that have elements that are tight around the neck can present a strangulation risk, especially if they get caught on something. It’s best to forgo sashes, costume jewelry, and capes that fasten closely around the neck. Capes especially present multiple other risks, like tripping and catching fire.

Consider Visibility

The sun sets much earlier this time of year, so make sure your child is visible while they’re collecting their candy. Choose a brightly colored costume if possible. If not, use reflective tape, glow sticks, or bike lights to ensure your child can be seen by drivers and other trick-or-treaters.

Your kiddo needs to see where they’re going, too! Give them a flashlight or hands-free headlamp to carry while trick-or-treating. If their costume includes a mask, ensure the eyeholes are large enough for them to see. Encourage them to take off their mask while they’re walking between houses, especially if they’re crossing or walking near roads.

If your child does collect a scrape or bruise along with their candy, a first aid kit and the knowledge to use it are always good tools to have on hand. Happy Halloween—stay safe!