Buying Safe Halloween Costumes for Your Kids

Buying Safe Halloween Costumes for Your Kids

FAIRBORN — Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for kids and parents.But choosing the right costume for you child goes beyond what’s in style.”I worry about the capes and getting caught on things,” said Billie Clemons, concerned parent.As Clemons and her family shop at Foy’s Costume Stores in Fairborn, safety is on her mind.”Making for sure that the kids have some type of lights or some way to recognize them because it’s so dark,” she said.Many places sell the glow sticks that you can give you child to make sure you can see them in the dark. You can also put glow in the dark tape on their costume.But the best thing to do it choose a light colored costume instead of a dark one.Something else to consider are masks.”Not the plastic masks the ones with just the eyes and the nose,” said Clemons, “”They always worry about the little strings on the plastic, I worry about those choking their necks.”Not only is choking a concern, but the masks can make it hard for the kids to see and breath.If you’re concerned about your child wearing a mask, use the non-toxic face paint instead.But something you might not even think of is turning the package over and looking to see if the costume is flammable.It’s best to buy one that says flame-retardant.”Usually we just look at the size, but it’s definitely something I’m going to be more aware of when I look at the package,” said Clemons.Another suggestion, is placing a tag on the inside of you child’s costume with your name and phone number in case they get lost.