How to Have a Healthy Halloween

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Smart Costumes

Child in Scarecrow Costume
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Use nontoxic and hypoallergenic
makeup instead of masks this

Creating a costume is often the best part of Halloween. After all, it's the only time you can proudly answer your door in green hair and whimsical makeup.

Of course, costumes can be hazardous too, especially for kids. Remember E.T.'s obstructed vision in his ghost costume? And whether you're going as a wicked witch or a playful bag of jelly beans, keep in mind that Halloween weather is seldom warm. (Unless of course you live closer to the equator than we do.) So here are some more smart costume tips for young trick-or-treaters.

Costume Safety Tips

1. Use face paint or makeup. Look for nontoxic and hypoallergenic makeup instead of masks, especially for very young children. Masks can make it hard for youngsters to see and breathe.

2. Wigs and beards shouldn't cover the eyes or mouth. Be sure headgear won't slide over the child's face.

3. Add reflective tape to costumes. Choose light colors. Be sure the costume is not too heavy for the child. Accessories such as wands should be soft and flexible.

4. Costumes should be short enough so the child won't trip. Sleeves should fit properly, as well. Avoid footwear that makes it hard to walk.

5. Use flame-resistant fabric for homemade costumes.

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