Halloween Costume Safety Tips

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Here's a costume for the kid who can't make up her mind: A rainbow butterfly kitty unicorn. Yep, it's a real costume -- a mishmash of the things little girls love. And for a mom, it ticks all the boxes: Warm, easy to move in, easy to spot on a dark night and no creepy mask.

As it turns out, mom gut has a pretty good basis for Halloween costumes. Experts agree that the safest Halloween costumes do indeed have those qualities -- plus a few more. So consider these tips when shopping this Halloween:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • Masks can obscure vision, so opt for makeup instead.
  • And when buying Halloween makeup, look for something nontoxic and test it on a small patch of skin first. Then, don't forget to remove it before bedtime to avoid skin and eye irritation.
  • Hem long pants or robes -- or buy a smaller size -- to avoid a trip hazard.