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Halloween Costume Safety Tips

by Jared Staver in Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury

Halloween is an exciting holiday for children of all ages. They get to dress up in costume and trick or treat for free candy. If your child is participating in Halloween festivities this year, it’s important to make sure that their Halloween costume is safe, as some Halloween costumes can pose serious dangers and leave children injured.

Below, we’ll discuss several Halloween costume safety tips so you can help your child select a safe costume this Halloween. If your child sustains an injury that was not their fault, we encourage you to consult our highly skilled Chicago child injury lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We can perform a thorough investigation of their case and educate you on your legal options. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.

1. Costumes should be brightly colored

While it may be tempting for your child to want to dress up in all black or dark colors to make their costume “spooky,” doing so can be quite dangerous. Make sure that you child chooses a brightly colored costume so they can be seen by motorists during trick or treat. If they absolutely must wear a dark colored costume, add reflectors to it.

2. Costumes shouldn’t interfere with vision or movements.

It’s all too common for children to wear long costumes that dangle to the ground and pose a serious tripping or falling hazard. As a parent, it is your responsibility to hem your child’s costume if it’s too long. In addition, if your child does wear a mask, they should be able to see through it. In the event the mask obstructs their vision, suggest to paint their face instead.

3. Face paint and makeup should be tested.

Unless your child wears face paint or makeup on a regular basis, you have no way of knowing how it will affect their skin. That’s why, it’s a good idea to test any face paint or makeup that their planning on using for their costume a few days before Halloween to make sure it doesn’t lead to a rash or another type of adverse skin reaction.

4. Props should be soft and flexible.

If your child’s costume involves a prop such as a pitchfork or a knife, it should not be hard and feature sharp edges. Instead, their prop must be soft and flexible so that if they happen to fall or trip, they won’t be injured by their prop. If their prop appears dangerous, suggest a safer option.

5. Make your child’s costume stand out.

On Halloween night, you’re bound to see countless princesses, ghosts, and witches. If your child chooses one of these common costumes, try to make sure that it stand out in some way. You can sew something on there, give them a unique painted mask, or do anything else that allows them to easily stand out from a crowd of children.

6. Ensure your child’s costume is flame resistant.

Halloween is full of flickering candles and jack-o-lanterns. If your child’s costume gets caught on one, they may sustain an injury. Therefore, it’s important to check that their costume of choice is flame resistant before you buy it.

7. Do not allow decorative contact lenses.

Some children like the idea of changing their eye color on Halloween. If your child tells you that they want to do this through decorative contact lenses, inform them that it’s not a good idea as these types of contact lenses may lead to serious eye injuries.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

While you can control what your child wears this Halloween and do everything in your power to make sure their costume is safe, you can’t control the actions of motorists and others. If your child suffers from an injury that you believe was the result of another party’s negligent actions, don’t hesitate to contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We’ve successfully represented many families in child injury cases and are committed to protecting your rights. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.