Choosing safe Halloween costumes for kids

October 16, 2012 5:03:05 AM PDT
Halloween is still a couple of weeks away, but for some of you, it's already time to start thinking about that costume for your kids.

Here's what you need to know to keep your kids safe.

There will be lots of monsters and goblins scaring up some fun this Halloween, but no matter how creative a costume is, think safety first.

"When you're buying or making a costume, think bright, so that they're visible in the dark," said Dr. Ellen Rome, of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. "And think flame-resistant."

Wigs and other accessories should also be flame resistant, and make sure that when kids dress up for to trick or treat, nothing obstructs what they can see.

"That means masks have to have big eye holes," Dr. Rome said. "Even better, non-toxic face paint, so that you can draw or draw on the pattern and the kid can have great visibility."

All treats should get a parent's seal of approval, checked over for tampering and choking hazards. Also, put reflective tape on costumes or shoes, and limit accessories. Props, like swords and knives, can pose safety hazards.

And kids who are old enough to go out by themselves should be taught how to call 911 in case of an emergency.

When it comes to decorative contact lenses, unless your eye doctor says it's okay, go ahead and pass on them.

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