Safety Tips by Rose Smith, Copyright 2002
A chill is in the air and the leaves
are beginning to fall from the trees. Children are back in school, but
there's only one thing on their minds....Halloween is coming.
"What am I going to be this year?" they wonder.
As usual, parents will be dragged to
the mall to check out all the latest and greatest in Halloween
costumes. Some will opt to make their own. In either case, here are
some costume tips to help make your child's Halloween safe and fun.
Costume Safety Tips
If purchasing a costume from a
store, make sure the label states that it is made from a fire-retardent
material. If you're making your own costume, be sure to pick
materials that are also fire-resistant.
Costumes should be loose enough
around the body so that warm clothing can be worn beneath it
without it being too loose that it snags on items.
Have your child try the costume on a
few days before wearing. Make sure that it does not drag on the
ground. Pants and robes should be hemmed up so that your child's
feet are showing. Tripping and falling is the leading cause of
accidental injuries on Halloween.
As much as we'd love our children to
wear light-colored clothing, some costume themes (vampire, witch,
etc.) just wouldn't look right in florescent yellow. Instead, add
strips of reflective tape to the front and back of all costumes,
including their trick or treat bag. Remember, children don't drive
cars, therefore they do not have any idea on how long it takes a
driver to stop a car after they see the child. The sooner a driver
can see your child, the safer your child will be.
Make sure the costume is easy to get
out of. Preferably, it should close with snaps or velcro strips.
If you must use zippers or buttons, make sure they are located in
front of the costume and easily reached by your child.
Children should wear well-fitting,
flat shoes, not high heels.
Wigs and beards should fit properly
and should not cover ears, nose or mouth.
Use makeup instead of a mask. Masks
obstruct vision and children find it hard to breath when wearing
If your child insists on wearing a
mask, make sure it has large eye openings (cut them bigger if you
have to), and openings for the nose and mouth.
When purchasing makeup, make sure it
is labelled non-toxic. However, some children (and adults) break
out in a rash with the heavy petroleum-based makeups on the
market. So, I've included some homemade recipes below for those of
you who would like to create their own Halloween makeup.
Props and accessories should be made
of a flexible material. They should not be rigid, sharp or overly
Sew a name tag into your child's
costume, giving their name, address and phone number.
Remove makeup with shortening, cold
cream or baby oil and tissues. Thoroughly wash face with soap an
water after removal.
Halloween Makeup Recipes
Corn Syrup Blood
16 oz. White corn syrup
1 oz. red food coloring
1 oz. washing detergent
1 oz. water
A drop of blue food coloring
Mix the ingredients together and
voila - blood. Remove the washing up liquid if you want to make
edible blood. Adding condensed milk makes it less transparent and
more like real blood. The blood is extremely sticky and can stain
skin and clothes so makes sure its washed off quickly. Use a stain
remover on clothes.
Face Paint Recipe
1 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp water
1/2 tsp cold cream
2 drops food coloring as desired
Mix ingredients and apply.
2 tsp white shortening
5 tsp corn starch
1 tsp white all purpose flour
glycerin as directed
Food coloring as desired
Mix together the shortening, corn
starch and flour. Add 3 to 4 drops of glycerin to make the mixture
Rose Smith is the
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