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Costume selection an important part of holiday


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By KAREN BASSO
Staff writer


Tayln Burnside inspects the selection of Halloween costumes on display at a local retail store. It is important for guardians to make sure that the costume which is selected by the child is safe. It is extremely important to ensure that the child's vision is not blocked by the costume and that warm clothes may be worn underneath.

October brings excitement into the hearts of all children, for they know that Halloween is just around the corner. The thrill of dressing up and gathering candy is a childhood fantasy which becomes reality once a year.

As Halloween rapidly approaches, Castle Valley children of all ages will be seeking the perfect costume. But before purchasing a costume, there are several factors to keep in mind that will make this years outfit safe for the child.

First of all, it is extremely important to make sure that the costume will allow the child to see clearly. One way to avoid obstructing the childs ability to see would be to use face paint rather than masks or other objects that cover the eyes.

If a mask is used, make sure that the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly. Also, if a mask is used, the child should remove it while walking from house to house, particularly when crossing the street.

Children should carry a flashlight with them to find their way in the dark. Make sure that the flashlight has new batteries so that the child does not find themselves stumbling around in the dark.

Costumes should be light colored or incorporate reflective material on the front and back of the outfit so that the child will be seen in the dark. Also, if the child will be trick-or-treating on a bike, skateboard or any other object, make sure that reflective tape is applied to these props.

Costumes should not have trailing material or tails long enough to cause the child to fall. Comfortable shoes should also be worn to prevent a serious fall from occuring.

Pointed objects such as swords and devils forks should be made of soft material. Although the child may not use it as a weapon, other children trick-or-treating may walk into the objects causing injury if not padded.

A child's costume should also be flame retardant. To make sure that an accident does not occur, make sure that no open flames such as a candle is used as part of the outfit.

Finally, make sure that children can wear clothing or a coat underneath the costume. With the bitter fall temperatures that set in at night, children must be bundled up to protect them from the cold weather.

Although Halloween is an exciting time of year for children of all ages, it is important for the experience to be a safe one for all involved.


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