Seasonal costume shops are popping up and DIY crafters are taking the first steps at winning this year’s costume contests. Although we want to look funky, scary or angelic for Halloween, safety is first. Think about what costumes are the safest for both kids and adults.
You should only purchase costumes that are made of flame retardant material. If they are homemade, make sure you use fabrics that are inherently flame resistant, such as nylon and polyester.
Costumes work best when you reach for the costume ghost in your own closet! There are many commercial costumes available at the local stores, however between the cost, and lack of imagination, and the fact you end up with a half dozen kids all looking the same at a party. Nothing beats homemade. Here are some examples:
Clown: Sweet clothes that is too large. Decorate by using either fabric paint, or markers. For those who dare try tie-die.
The American tourist: Guys loud Hawaii shirt, shorts (if weather permits), large straw hat. Gal's bright loud dress, flats, big sun hat, straw bag. Don't forget to have a camera, and maps hanging out, and that look of being lost.
1960s Hippy: This one is hard, after all it's all back in style! Tie-die clothing, long wig, light-colored sun glasses.
Going green? Recycle some boxes to make Halloween costumes. The fun part, get the kids to use their imagination too. There are so many creative recycle costumes you can make with a box and a few supplies. All it takes is an empty carton and a little ingenuity! Even kids can make these.
You can also do this in making Halloween decorations for your front lawn. Savings and fun — decorate for less. Let's not forget those Halloween goodies! Not only is candy a treat, candy is expensive. The best way to save on this is buy a variety large bag and hand out one per the trick-or-treater.
Safety, homemade and reusable items - start project Halloween. Remember to use reflectors on those costumes. Keep in mind to always follow safety tips and talk to your kids about the safty rules when trick-or-treating. Planning a Halloween costume party is even better.
And let's not forget, located in Wallingford is the outdoor haunted attraction Trail of Terror, where residents in several towns attend for a fun night of thriller chiller. For dates, times and ticket information, click here.