Did I getcha? Are the little hairs on your neck tingling? Have goose bumps popped up on your arms? Then, it must be Halloween!
As much fun as Halloween is, we do have to remember that there will be a lot of people spilling onto the streets. Many of them tiny little monsters and wizards! While we have to do our part to watch out for them, there are things that can be done to keep them safe from a costume point-of-view, too.
Darkness comes early this time of year. As much as we want our witches, warlocks and vampires to look the part in their darkly evil outfits, this makes them hard to spot in the waning light. Not a problem if you are truly a spirit or undead creature. More of a problem if your zombie is less than 5 feet tall and wears sneakers under his tattered trouser legs.
Go for lighter-colored clothing or, how about reflective tape or flashing lights like you see on bicycles? Also, make sure that your goblin is carrying a good light source. If a flashlight or glow stick is too conspicuous, toss it into the plastic punkin or pillow case that they will be using to collect their loot. The more the merrier! Load ‘em up with glow sticks! They’re pretty spooky.
Watch out for the length of the costumes, too! Convince your princess that no member of royalty wants a gown that drags on the street getting all dusty and torn. And no self-respecting ghost wants a raggedy-looking sheet! Keep the costumes respectably short and made of safe tear and fire-resistant material.
And, please, make sure that whatever is making your werewolf a werewolf is also allowing him to see and breathe! That’s pretty important stuff. Not all masks are safe or comfortable to wear. Get creative with non-toxic make-up. Chances are that you’ll get a much cooler look than you would with that silly plastic mask that all the other monsters are wearing! And you’ll have an original ghoul instead of one who looks like all the others.