Top Tips for Buying a Halloween Costume for Kids
It’s that season once again! If you and your kids are excited about Halloween costume shopping, you’re definitely not alone. But that doesn’t mean you can just pick any costume out there. Besides letting them wear something want to wear, you’d should also make sure it’s right for them.
Here are tips to help you and the kiddos as you shop:
Review the packaging.
When you have a lot of candles around to create that creepy Halloween atmosphere, fire is a big concern. Always look for “flame resistant” or “flame retardant” on the label, says the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Those terms don’t mean the fabric won’t burn though. It still will, but slowly enough that the wearer will have time to take off the costume unharmed.
Another reason you’d like to check the label is to make sure the costume is not something your child might be allergic to. To be safe, pick a costume that is made of breathable fabric. Cotton is probably the safest.
Pick the correct size.
It’s important for your child to be able to move freely in the costume. The costume should be comfortable and allow your child to move fast if necessary, as when he needs to get out of the way of traffic.
Buy the right mask.
Before you select a mask, make sure it’s a good fit. Otherwise, it can slip, obstruct breathing or block vision. The eye openings of many cheap masks are too small that they obstruct peripheral vision. Choose a mask with openings large enough to give your child a full range of vision.
Pick good soles.
Glitzy glass slippers are essential to a Cinderella costume, but she can’t do a lot of dancing at the ball with her ankle twisted or her feet blistered.
Just keep footwear reasonable.
Shoes that are low-heeled and fit well are the best to wear during Halloween.
Be careful with accessories.
This is a scenario where flimsy is good. Buy accessories that are soft and pliable. If your child’s outfit includes a wand, buy something made of thin plastic or sponge so that it will just bend when the child falls.
Anticipate the weather.
It can get cold towards the end of October. It’s not surprising for snowflakes to fall on trick-or-treaters. You can keep the kids can warm without ruining their costume by making them wear a skin suit underneath, their face unzipped. The suit will provide great warmth and protection. Or a fuzzy animal costume will do the trick entirely.
If you want a popular costume, you should expect to pay more. If you plan on something more generic, don’t overlook a costume store’s clearance bin.
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