5 Tips for Choosing a Halloween Costume for Your Child

Halloween is just around the corner, and your child is probably begging to pick out a costume. Whether your child wants to be a superhero, a princess or an emoji, picking the right costume can make for a fun and safe Halloween.

At Party Starts Here, we know how to help people of all ages have a great Halloween. We suggest you follow these tips when picking out your child’s costume:

1. Decide on face paint or a mask.

Masks can be scary for many children, especially those with special needs. If they don’t fit correctly, they can also affect your child’s vision. For your child’s safety, it might be better to use face paint to complete a costume instead of a mask, even if your child’s costume comes with a mask.

2. Pick the right size costume.

Costumes that are too small can keep your child from moving freely. Costumes that are too big could trip up your little goblin or ghost, causing injuries. Too-big shoes or high-heeled shoes can also increase your child’s risk of injury. Be sure to pick a costume that is right for his/her size.

3. Add reflective flare.

If your child’s costume doesn’t have reflective parts, you should add some reflective tape or accents that can help your child be visible to motorists in the dark. You can also add reflection to your child’s trick-or-treat bag or purchase glow sticks, light-up accessories or other items to make your child more visible—and safe.

4. Choose fire-retardant costumes.

Costumes and wigs should be made from fire-retardant materials. These materials are less likely to catch fire and burn out quickly, helping your child stay safe around jack-o-lanterns, candles and other flames. Most costumes should carry a fire-retardant label on the packaging, or you can ask a store associate.

5. Contact information is the best accessory.

No matter which costume you purchase, add a label with your child’s name and your contact information in case you get separated. You can also add contact information to your child’s trick-or-treat bag.

For more help choosing the hottest—and safest–Halloween costumes of 2017, stop in Party Starts Here at Seminole Square Shopping Center in Charlottesville.