Oct 26 2012
Let’s face it.
We’re Canadian. And that means we never know what the weather’s going to be like on Halloween, the night our youngsters hit the streets in search of wonderful candy goodies from our neighbours and friends.
It’s important to ensure our young trick-or-treaters are equipped to handle the cold and be safe once darkness falls.
Here are some handy tips for selecting costumes that will help everyone have a great time on Halloween.
- Stay away from masks and go for costumes that use makeup. A mask could inhibit a child’s vision in the dark and might not make it easy to wear a warm tuque or earmuffs.
- Watch for ‘flame resistant’ materials in the costume in case a neighbour has a candle-lit Jack-o-lantern on the front stoop.
- Stick to bright colours that are clearly visible to motorists or place reflective tape on strategic locations on the costume (back, sleeves, backs of legs).
- Carry a flashlight if you’re accompanying your young one or make sure your more independent tweens and teenagers have one with them.
- Ensure a costume fits and doesn’t drag on the ground or have flouncy dirndls that could contribute to trips and falls on icy sidewalks.
- Dress up winter boots to match the costume but keep the toesies warm. Princesses shouldn’t be going out in open-toed sandals, that’s for sure!
And most important, make sure you have fun. Halloween really is for the kids and the night should be filled with smiles and giggles.