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The leaves are changing colors, seasonal gourds are scattered everywhere, and we have a sudden craving for miniature chocolates – Halloween is right around the corner! This time of year is always festive, but it is especially fun when little kids are part of the celebration. We have combined some classic costume ideas with some of our top safety tips. Whatever your family decides to dress up as, keep this advice in mind and stay safe while you enjoy your treats!

Fun and Friendly Firefighter

Don’t let things heat up on Halloween! Dress kids in weather-appropriate costumes that are bright, reflective, and fire-resistant. (Bonus tip: add reflective tape to treat bags to increase visibility.)

Prop Toting Pirate

Swashbuckle safely! Make sure any make-believe weapons or other accessories are made of rubber, foam, or other soft material so that no one hurts themselves or their matey if they accidentally fall off the plank.

Cool Construction Worker

Take a cue from the job site and put safety first! Make sure hard hats and other accessories fit well. Don’t wear masks that obscure sight or breathing (opt for face paint instead!) Make sure that costumes are comfortable, fit properly, and don’t restrict movement.

Speed Smart Superhero

Halloween is so exciting! Even if your little hero has the ability to move at lightning speed, discourage running from house to house when trick-or-treating. A mere mortal pace is much safer to avoid tripping or getting lost in a crowd.

Wickedly Wonderful Witch

Potent potions may be mixed from crickets, nightshade, and eye of newt, but on Halloween make sure your little conjurers only eat age-appropriate wrapped candy. Also, alert anyone in your trick-or-treating party to any food allergies.

Protective Police Officer

Remind your trick-or-treaters to look both ways before walking across the street, and only cross at designated crosswalks – it’s the law!

Safety Savvy Skeleton

A true bag of bones never needs a band-aid, but your little ones might! Pack a mini first-aid kid so that any scrapes or small cuts can be cleaned and bandaged while on the go.

Perfectly Posh Princess

Halloween isn’t the night for any glass slippers to get left behind! Make sure all your little princesses, princes, ghouls, and goblins have well-fitting shoes that are comfortable for walking.

Radical Race Car Driver

Kids are sure to be zooming around the track looking for treats, so be extra careful while driving on Halloween. Stay especially alert during prime trick-or-treating hours, between 4 and 9 pm.

Playful Lil’ Pumpkin

Keep everyone safe in the pumpkin patch! If your Halloween plans involve carving pumpkins, check out these pumpkin carving safety tips from our own Dr. Brian Pinsky.

Happy Halloween from Dr.STITCH!

We wish you and your family a fun-filled Halloween with all treats and no tricks! If an accident does happen, Dr.STITCH is here for you. Our team is staffed by the experienced plastic surgeons of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. We are available 24/7/365 for immediate treatment of lacerations, burns, complex wounds, hand injuries, and facial trauma. Learn more about how Dr.STITCH works and save our number in your phone.