Halloween Costume Safety

By editor
October 10, 2018

Halloween is one of America’s favorite holidays. Even though Halloween is traditionally a holiday for children, adults can get in on the fun as well. No matter what your age, there are specific safety precautions that everyone should follow to ensure a happy and safe Halloween. Many Halloween hazards have to do with the eyes, but following some easy rules will keep little trick-or-treaters accident-free.

To avoid a real-life Halloween horror story – going blind because of a costume accessory – the American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning the public against wearing costume contact lenses purchased without a prescription. These illegally sold cosmetic lenses may not be sterile and can cause a host of serious eye problems capable of morphing a fun Halloween night into a nightmare.

It is also important to remember to provide adequate amount of vision for children wearing masks for their costumes. Masks can be fun but can be dangerous to wear while walking at night. Some masks have eyeholes that are too small for adequate vision. Take some scissors and widen the eye holes to allow for better peripheral vision. If you or your child will be wearing a mask for evening trick-or-treating or a night Halloween party, lift the mask while walking over unstable ground or dark pavement. Always walk with a flashlight so you can see what lies in front of you. Apply reflective tape to clothing so drivers can see you as you move from house to house.

Makeup is often an essential part of a Halloween costume and can be the most important accent. When choosing makeup, select makeup that is hypoallergenic. Test a small area first before applying makeup to the entire face. Keep makeup away from the eyes and leave a margin around the eye area so that you can protect the eyes from products that can sting or burn. After the party or trick-or-treating, remove makeup promptly to prevent irritation

Accessories for Halloween costumes can also be dangerous. You could trip and fall in the dark, and carrying something pointed or sharp could cause injury. Any sword, knife or handheld accessory should be soft, flexible and short. If possible, do not carry anything besides your treat bag (Source: CDC.gov).

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