Experts offer tips for choosing safe Halloween costumes

MARION COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - In just about 24 hours, thousands of kids across our area will be putting the finishing touches on their Halloween costumes.

Now, whether you're going as something scary, or something a little lighter, there's some concern about dressing up and various costume-related problems.

"You just want to be safe and use some sense in what kind of outfits you're picking out," said Dr. Mary-Ann Kroll.

They love dressing up for Halloween. It's mainly the fun and creativeness of the day that so many love. When it comes to the costume and wearing things that are a bit different from the norm, there are sometimes some concerns.

"Number one that it fits," Kroll said. "That it's not too long so a child doesn't trip going door to door, trick-or-treating. You also want to make sure the material is not something the child is allergic to."

That prompts health experts to offer some tips to avoid issues.

"You want to watch because trick-or-treating is at night and it's getting dark, and there's a ton of children running across streets. Be careful that you're wearing an outfit that people can see," Kroll added.

Costume shops -- they want people to have fun. At the same time, they want their customers to stay safe.

"You always want to make sure that you have good visibility so if you choose to wear a mask, we instruct you how to wear it properly," said Brian West. "We can also show you tricks and tips to make your visibility better. You can actually trim out the eye holes of the mask."

That's why they have several different options when it comes to things, such as masks, that a customer might prefer.

"If you decide to not wear a mask, we have make up and prosthetics and appliances," West said. "It widely increases your vision range and most of the time they look a little better because you're not wearing latex over the top of yourself."