On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Fortunately there are a few easy steps you can take to help prevent this. Below we have listed the top 5 tips for Halloween safety provided by Safe Kids Worldwide. We'll also give you the step-by-step instructions on how to make the cool and awesome costume above. We made for our daughter last year and it was a hit!
Top 5 Halloween Safety Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child's vision, try nontoxic face paint (I use washable markers) and makeup whenever possible.
- Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights (or other lights!) to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Now on to that cool costume. This was super easy, inexpensive, and fast to put together. AND it was so bright you could see her for blocks! AND everyone that saw it had to comment on how cool it was. So here's how we did it;
All you need:
- Regular clothes. We used matching sweats top and bottom for uniformity, but really anything will work. Having a hood is important if you want to go around the head.
- 2 or 3 strands of 9 foot El Wire any color. This is LED wire that runs on a AAA batteries. We ordered ours off of Amazon for about $6.00 each.
- Clear packing tape.
- Paper plate
- AAA Batteries
How we did it:
- First, and this is very important, make sure your child goes to the bathroom prior to putting this together!
- Use the packing tape to secure the wire onto your child like a stick person. We did one up the front and another on her back.
- Cut out the middle of the paper plate so that it fits around her hood. Tape the plate to her hood and the wire around the paper plate.
- We used a belt around her waist to keep the battery packs in place. See the "day" photo below for the hidden details.
That's it! We're all about costumes that glow at our house on Halloween. I can't think of a better way to make my kids visible!