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Trick or Treat! ...and Accessorize for Safety

Published on Friday, October 18, 2019

Trick or Treat! ...and Accessorize for Safety

With Halloween fast approaching, parents are starting to feel the push to choose their kids’ costumes. Clowns, Fortnite characters, and princesses are topping the list this year as the most popular costumes for 2019. Whether you pick an ensemble based on this year’s trends or classic favorites, Vision Zero SA is here with recommendations to help children be seen and safe this Halloween season.

Add some color to an all-black wardrobe
Characters like vampires, ninjas and black cats can blend into a dark background, night sky, or dimly-lit street, making them harder for drivers to see. You can add visibility and flair with accessories such as a shiny red sash or a sparkly pink bow, giving your costume that added “pop.”

Light-up props are fun and Vision Zero SA approved
Glowing items like swords and necklaces take an outfit to the next level. Pedestrians are already encouraged to wear light-up accessories at night, and these choices will contribute to your child’s chosen theme.

If you go for a mask or helmet, make sure vision is clear
Knights, skeletons and superheroes frequently have their faces covered. This can make it difficult for kids to spot hazards while walking. Fortunately, many costumes offer fixes such as see-through mesh panels and moveable face guards. Consider face make-up instead of the mask, and personalize it!

Even princesses can wear comfy shoes
While it is tempting to go all-out and select special boots or heels, remember that the most important characteristic for any part of a costume is easy movement. This doesn’t mean you can’t have both – vibrant, flashy sneakers for girls or boys may provide a nice visual touch.

As an avid cosplayer myself, I love wearing an eye-catching costume. This means not only being noticed by friends, but being visible to those with whom you share the road. Following these tips will contribute to a fun, safe experience for your child this fall. Happy Halloween!

 

Lauren Simcic is a transportation planner for the Vision Zero team, focusing on bike infrastructure, data management and kids’ safety. She has a background in transit and a love of public art. She enjoys literature, arcade games and seeing people live well.

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