Dressing up in costumes is a popular activity for children on Halloween. It is also a fun way for your children and grandchildren to express their creativity and imagination on this special day of the year.

All costumes can burn when exposed to an open flame or other fire sources. Make sure they are dressed in non-flammable costume material. Many children also like to dress up in their parents’ clothes, but they should avoid dressing up in loose clothes since they present a higher flammability risk and may also cause a fall for the child.

If a mask is something the child wishes to wear, suggest that they use non-toxic make-up instead of masks – masks can be dangerous since they can make it hard to see.

When lighting the Jack-o-Lantern, keep lighters and/or matches out of the sight and reach of children

Keep your children and grandchildren away from open flames

Teach children that if their clothing does catch fire, to “Stop, Drop, and Roll” Do a practice drill with them. They may no need to know this but they can teach it to someone else who might need to know this drill.

Coming up with a creative disguise doesn’t mean that safety needs to be forgotten, so here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

  • October 31 can be a chilly night so make sure that costumes are loose enough to be worn over warm clothing but not so baggy or long that trick or treaters can trip over their costumes.
  • Trick-or-treaters should wear sturdy walking shoes.
  • Choose brightly-coloured costumes that will be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility, add or incorporate reflective tape into the costume.
  • Swords, knives and similar accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

I hope this helps as you look forward to this special time with your children and grandchildren!



CAROL L. HAMILTON RN, CPIC, BScN, MDiv has worked for 30 years with new parents and infants in Toronto and more recently in Stratford, Ontario where she is the lead nurse consultant at the Institute for Parent and Infant Care (IPIC). In this clinic setting, parents can obtain private prenatal education tailored to their specific needs or help with crying and colic, breastfeeding challenges or post-partum depression. With sensitivity and care, parents who have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth find hope and healing after speaking with Carol. Carol has written two professional publications for the nursing profession and continues to mentor and educate nurses in issues affecting new families or in ways to establish an independent practice in Canada. In 2001, she returned to full-time studies at the University of Toronto, graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Canada. She has also received certification as a bereavement  counselor. Carol brings a wealth of knowledge, expert skill and caring compassion to each family she counsels! Check out clinic times and location at www.ipiceducation.ca or call 519.272.0441 for more information.    

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