Southwest Florida's heat and humidity can make the most fearless trick-or-treater a little uncomfortable. This year, temperatures are expected to reach the low 80s. Depending on the costume there are several steps you can take to make sure your little ones stay cool and safe this Halloween season.
Here are some tips and tricks when it comes time to picking what Halloween costume you and your little ones can wear in the Florida Heat?
When picking a costume less is more. Try to stay away from anything with fur or heavy materials. Pick costumes that are made from with breathable and light-weight fabrics.
Picking breathable and light-weight fabrics will help to stay cool. Some costumes are even equipped with a fan on the inside.
When it comes to dressing up for Halloween having an awesome costume is important but your health comes first.
If your child plans to wear decorative contact lenses, be sure to take them to get properly fitted by an optometrist. Wearing these without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Another thing that can keep you and your little ones safe are bright costumes. If at all possible stay away from dark costumes that can not be seen at night while trick-or-treating.
If a costume has a dark cape or a jacket, you can add reflective tape, which can be purchased at a hardware store like Ace Hardware, Home Depot, or Lowe's.
Masks can be an easy last minute option costume for your child but at times they make it difficult to see. Instead, opt for face paint. Most face paints are non-toxic.
Costumes can be expensive. You may want to buy a bigger fitting costume so your child can wear multiple times. Bigger fitting costumes can cause kids to trip and fall on extra fabric.
The website safekids.org suggests purchasing a costume that is the right size and fit for your child.
Remember Halloween can be fun and safe for everyone.