The kids are picking out their Halloween costumes but it's up to parents to make sure the fantasy of the evening is safe. Here's a few things to keep in mind before buying or making your child's costume this year.
Check labels or ask questions to make sure the costume is fire retardant. Costumes should fit properly, so kids don't trip or fall when trick-or treating. Masks, hats and wigs should not obstruct their vision. Party Plus Sales Representative Wayne DuBose says, "Buy something that will not block their view. Get a mask that has large enough eye holes they can see out. A lot of costumes have head pieces that have open eyes."
Once the kids can see, make sure drivers can see them. DuBose says, "Anything that glows in the dark, we recommend for younger children. We also recommend a lighter color costume for younger children for some reason they have a tendency to be more excitable." If the costume, isn't light enough, add the light. This Ghost Glow can be sprayed onto a costume so it glows. DuBose says, "A lot of the children like the glow light type things. They glow for several hours. You break the tube and they glow for several hours."
Always carry a flashlight when trick-or treating. Follow these safety rules, and your children will have a safe night, no matter what they want to be for Halloween.
For more safety tips and Halloween fun you can pick up a NewsChannel 11 fun booklet. They'll be available at the Science Spectrum's Spooky Science Carnival. It's Halloween, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $4.50 for seniors and kids ages 3 to 12 . Adults are $5.50. You can get a $1 off with two cans to be donated to the South Plains Food Bank.
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