Look out behind you: here comes Halloween! On this most magical of holidays, young imaginations take wing...as ordinary children are transformed into all kinds of wild, wacky, and whimsical characters. But Halloween has its dark side, too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids are four times as likely to be hit by a car on October 31st. Falls, not surprisingly, are another leading cause of injuries. So while you prepare your little trick-or-treater for the big night, take some simple precautions.
The Safety-Conscious CostumeShorten overly-long skirts, capes, tails, and anything else that trails on the ground. Little tricker-or-treaters are encouraged to glide, pounce, and slither...but not trip over their costumes! Make sure your little goblin is visible after dark. Fix reflective striping to his costume or treat bag, or make sure he's carrying a flashlight or illuminated light stick.
Halloween is your child's chance to "be" anyone he or she wants-within reason. Here are a few costume guidelines:
Don't allow your child to wear adult shoes-it's a tripping hazard. She'll still be a regal princess without your high-heels.
Beware of masks that limit visibility. If your child is wearing a mask, see that it fits well, offers adequate ventilation, and provides good visibility. For a great selection of infant costumes, visit the OneStepAhead Halloween Boo-tique.
Face paint is a good alternative for young revelers, but make sure it's non-toxic, laboratory tested, and meets all federal standards for cosmetics.
Secure hats and scarves so they won't slip down over your child's eyes.
Kids love props, but if your child is carrying a broomstick or sword, make sure it's made of cardboard or flexible rubber. Avoid anything with sharp edges.
Choose a costume that's suitable for the weather. See this year's coolest costumes from Leaps and Bounds
Dressing up baby? Beware of loose strings and overly-warm costumes. A festive costume bunting makes a cute, comfy, fuss-proof costume. - (See OneStepAhead's Halloween buntings here )