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Published on October 27th, 2016 | by SOMDParents

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The Do Not Wear List for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and while many parents have probably already bought or put together a Halloween costume for their kids, it’s not too late to change the plan and keep your children safe! There are probably hundreds of safety hazards associated with kids costumes, but here are a few easy ones to look out for this year!

  1. Flammable Costumes- While it may seem innocent, putting your child in a long, cotton robe so that they can be some sort of scary creature is not a good idea! Many Jack-O-Lanterns are lit with tea candles and there are a number of ways to catch clothing on fire! Look for flame-resistant materials like nylon or polyester.
  2. Oversized and Dragging Costumes- Don’t let your kids trip themselves and others. They’ll lose their candy and scrape some knees!
  3. Invisible Child Costume- There is new costume manufactured by multiple companies called “invisible suit” or “black body suit”. This costume is extremely dangerous because it covers the entire body in black material and makes it very hard for cars to see the child. The packaging also comes with a warning that the material may obstruct the wearer’s view. So not only can the cars not see your child, he may not see curbs, other children, lawn ornaments, or bushes. Avoid this costume at all costs. Also, what are they even trying to be? Let’s try to be a little more creative!
  4. High Heels- There is nothing worse than the ankle wobble that often accompanies young girls in oversized high heels. Beauty is pain when it comes to twisted and broken ankles. There is no costume that cannot work without heels. Flats should do just fine this Halloween!

Remember parents, its up to you to tell your kids what is and is not acceptable for a costume! Set the right examples for your children to enjoy their Halloween!

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