Make wise costume choices to keep children at holiday

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Candy, costumes and frights! It’s fall again, and Hallo-ween is upon us. If you are getting your child’s costume ready or helping your grandchildren or other children get ready, remember these tips:

• Children’s costumes should be made from flame retardant material. If children will be wearing a homemade costume, treat the fabric will a flame retardant spray.

• Include a light reflector on the costume. If one is not on the costume, sew or glue one on.

• Make sure all children have flashlights when they go out to trick-or-treat.

• Avoid heavy jewelry or high-heeled shoes for little ones. If your child trips and scrapes a knee, it may really ruin the rest of the night.

• If your child is carrying a prop, such as a sword, make sure it is made from flexible materials in case the child should fall (most are now made of lightweight and flexible materials).

• If your child will be wearing a mask, make sure he or she can see easily out of the eye holes so they will not trip or fall. 

• If you have more than one child, save the costume for next year. Adding or taking something off the costume can give it a whole new look.

If you are going to be dressing up with your child, here are some tips for your costume:

• Make sure the costume fits properly and is comfortable, because you will be wearing it for a few hours and could be running after your child.

• Make sure you have some type of reflective materials and a flashlight with you.

• If you are wearing a mask, make sure you can breathe and your vision isn’t blocked.

• Make sure your child knows what costume you are wearing, so if you get separated your child will be able to locate you – especially if you are in a big group. 

Once you have the candy picked out, the costumes ready and decorations up, be sure to talk to your child about being safe while he or she trick-or-treats:

• Watch out for cars and traffic – Remind your child to stay on the sidewalks as much as possible.

• Watch where your child is going. With masks and costumes, it may be hard for children to see as well as usual.

• Watch out for steps, cracks in the pavement and other ways your child could trip and get hurt.  

• Make sure an adult is always with all children. It is fun to go out and trick-or-treat and it can be even better in a big group with adults. This is a good idea in case something happens.

Good planning ahead can make it a safe and happy Halloween.


Program offered on creative stitchery

Kathy Byrnes, Kenton County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences, will teach a homemaker lesson on redwork, candlewicking and other basic embroidery skills at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. in Carroll County. Anyone interested may call the Extension office to sign up so we have enough handouts.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.