Halloween Costume Safety
Ghouls and goblins aren’t the only dangers to children
this Halloween. Costumes and accessories can also be hazardous to young
bought at the store or made at home, Halloween costumes can pose hidden threats
to children. For instance, simple face masks can limit or block eyesight;
non-toxic makeup can be a safer alternative, according to the American Academy
a trick-free night, Michael
Mitchell, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine
Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center,
offers these additional safety tips:
- Costumes should be bright and reflective -
adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and candy bags increases visibility.
- Swords, knives and similar accessories should
be short, soft and flexible.
- Costumes should be short enough to prevent
- Wear comfortable and properly fitting shoes.
- Costumes, wigs and accessories should be
visibly labeled as flame resistant.