October 18, 2011 — Shelley Steeves, reporting
Looking for ideas on how to keep your kids warm for Halloween? The Weather Network has some tips.
Itís that time of the year again when kids love to dress up in ghoul and goblin costumes and go trick-or-treating.
But weather isnít always cooperative around Halloween time. Thus, a few challenges arise when it comes to dressing your own kids for the occasion. After all, you want your kids to look appropriately dressed in their costumes, without you having to tell them to wear a coat.
There are some ways that your kids can stay warm and still look the part of a Halloween costume.
ďOne of the things I recommend is layering,Ē says Georgia Carson, owner a costume shop. ďRather than having a bulky winter jacket, I think if they have a long t-shirt and then maybe a sweater over top, itís plenty enough.
Carson also points out that kids usually run around from house-to-house, so they might build up a sweat, and feel hot. So, as a parent you have to keep that in mind.
ďIf they have something too bulky underneath, itís not very comfortable. You have to co-ordinate it to the costume with the same coloured sweater as the costume. Or, they could wear something thatís flesh-coloured or pink,Ē says Carson.
Safety is also important when it comes to trick-or-treating after sunset. Itís crucial that drivers are able to see your kids on a dark, rainy night. Safety experts suggest that staying visible is key. Adding reflection to a costume is definitely helpful.
ďOne of the best things to come out over the last few years are glow sticks. You can wear them as bracelets, or a necklace. Or, you can even carry them,Ē says Carson.
If you arenít comfortable with the glow stick idea, then Carson suggests carrying a flashlight is another way of staying visible in the dark.
Lastly, if youíre planning on accompanying your kids, then make sure you are wearing reflective clothing, as well.
With files from Sana Ahmed