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Monday, 29 October, 2007 4:53 PM

Average Halloween Tab is $30 for Costume Creation

Angie’s List looks at Halloween plans; offers 11 safety tips for holiday

As retailer shelves grow heavy with scary stuff in anticipation of the spookiest day of the year and parents pull out the sewing kits to make costumes for the kiddies, Angie’s List offers safety tips to ensure a haunting good time for all.

“Halloween can be great fun, no matter what your age,” said Angie Hicks , founder of Angie’s List. “It’s a favorite among kids and it brings out the kid in many adults. In fact, a nationwide Angie’s List poll found respondents will spend on average $30 for costume creation.”

While 45 percent of Angie’s List poll respondents said they plan to buy their kids’ costumes at a store, 18 percent said they will make the costumes from scratch. Among adults, 28 percent said they plan to dress up for either a Halloween party or to take their kids trick or treating. Of those, 31 percent said they’d make their costume from scratch, while only 4 percent said they plan to rent their costume.

While renting may have some advantages – it’s typically quicker and in many cases cheaper than buying – many feel renting doesn’t allow the opportunity to create a unique costume. “That may or may not be the case, depending on what type of costume you have in mind, so it may be worth the call to a local costume shop to find out what they have to offer,” Hicks adds.

No matter how you’re creating your costume, Hicks emphasizes that safety should be the main priority, especially for kids. With this in mind, Angie’s List offers the following tips to keep your little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween:

Angie’s 11 safety tips for Halloween costumes:

  1. Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes. Avoid loose hanging parts such as sashes, shredded parts or overly long sleeves, which can easily catch fire from a jack-o-lantern or candle or get caught on something.
  2. Check the costumes warning label. If it contains lead, choose another costume. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage to young children.
  3. Costumes should be loose, so warm clothes can be worn underneath without restricting arm or leg movement.
  4. Costumes that are too long and oversized shoes are tripping hazards. Avoid both.
  5. Test any new makeup products in a small area of the inside of the arm to prevent reactions from latex or other adhesive allergies.
  6. Consider hair-coloring products as an alternative to wigs. Check the product for information on washing and any concerns for dyed or chemically treated hair.
  7. Outfits should be made with light-colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children more visible.
  8. Attach your child’s name, address and telephone number (including their area code) to his or her clothes in case your child gets lost or separated from you.
  9. If masks are worn, be sure holes for the eyes, nose and mouth are large enough for comfort and not restrictive.
  10. Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  11. Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if trick-or-treaters are allowed out after dark.


Angie’s Halloween tips for homeowners:

  • Clear the yard. Look out for things such as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip trick-or-treaters. Also check for low tree limbs, support wires and hard-to-see fences between yards.
  • Be careful with candles. Opt for a plug-in or battery-powered jack-o-lantern instead of using a live candle. If you insist on a live flame, be sure it is away from any possible exposure to trick-or-treaters' costumes, or where they will be walking or standing.
  • Secure your pets. Be sure your pets are put away or arrange for them to stay somewhere else. Some pets become frightened; others may become territorial or even aggressive towards trick-or-treaters.
  • Light the path. Check that the path and stairs to your front door are well illuminated and clear of obstacles. While it’s tempting to create a dark and spooky home theme, poor lighting can be a major safety hazard.
  • And, speaking of treats – Consider some healthier options like low-fat crackers, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls or raisins; or non-food treats such as (unsharpened) pencils, stickers or coins.
Angie's List Poll Results
30%
Said they will buy the different elements of their child's costume and assemble it themselves
85%
Will spend up to $50 on their child's costume
4%
Of adults dressing up will borrow a costume from family/friend
28%
Will spend more than 2 hours on their costume

*2,195 Angie’s List members took our poll. Responses are representative of Angie’s List members, but not the general public.

Source: Angie's List

 

 

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