No matter what the costume is, you’ll want to make sure your trick-or-treater is highly visible. From LED accessories to reflective tape to glow-in-the-dark costumes, we’ve come up with nine ways to make your ghost or goblin easy to see.
Glow in the Dark Tape
If you’re looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to cover your little monsters from head to toe in reflective material, purchase a roll (or two) of Glow in the Dark Duck Tape. Not only can you place a strip of this super-bright tape on your kids’ bags and treat buckets, but you can place it on the back of their shoes or as a unique design on the back of their costumes (to tell them apart from other trick-or-treaters in the crowd). $8.49 a roll at quill.com or at most hardware and office supply stores.
photo: Duck Brand
These totally cool stick-on, reflective decals reflect light from up to 300 feet away, providing trick-or-treaters with greater visibility and safety at night. LunaTagz come in a variety of fun shapes and designs including Skull & Cross, Hearts and Lightning Bolts. Tip: To permanently adhere LunaTagz to fabric, apply medium heat from an iron or hair dryer for 20 seconds. $4.99 at lunatagz.com.
Reflective Patches & Stickers
If your ghoulish bunch is into stickers, Halloween Reflectables easily stick to any surface and come in a variety of fun designs and colors. For older kids, Duck Brand makes Glow in the Dark Stickers in unique designs and shapes like stars and moons as well as numbers and letters. Halloween Reflectables: $1.49 per pack at amazon.com and select stores. Glow in the Dark Stickers: $2.99 per sheet at tapebrothers.com and select hardware stores.
photo: Kristina Moy
Glow in the Dark Treat Bucket
If you don’t want to plaster your trick-or-treater’s pumpkin pail with glow in the dark tape or stickers, get an entire bucket that glows! We like the Glow in the Dark Disney Princess Bucket made of durable paper board and a soft felt handle. Also on our list: the sturdy plastic Ghostly Glow in the Dark Bucket and the soft fabric Glow in the Dark Spiderman Bucket for lil’ Spidey fans! For LEGO lovers, the LEGO Halloween Reflective Bucket comes with four reflective patches that give 360 reflectivity and a D-ring so you can easily attach a flashlight. $8.99 at partycity.com and select stores. The LEGO Halloween Reflective Bucket is $14.99 at toysrus.com.
photo: Toys R Us
When it comes to all things bright, Glow Universe has it covered. They make LED flashing light sticks, jewelry and headbands, as well as glow sticks, glow accessories and LED flashing party supplies. If you can think of it in lights, Glow Universe probably makes it! Some of our favorite products for Halloween are: LED Flashing Light Stick: $8.79, LED Flashing Jack-o-Lantern Headband: $4.39; LED Flashing Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Necklace: $2.08. Available at glowuniverse.com.
photo: Glow Universe
Glowing Light Sticks & Jewelry
If you want to outfit your trick-or-treater (and the entire neighborhood) in highly visible Glow Bracelets, Necklaces and Glow Sticks, Glow Universe sells their supplies in bulk which means you’ll save a ton of money! Tip: Place a flashing light stick or glow stick in your trick-or-treater’s candy bucket for added visibility. Bracelets: $15.99 for 100. Necklaces: $24.99 for 50. Glow Sticks: $18.99 for 25. Available at glowuniverse.com.
photo: Glow Universe
Since most trick-or-treating takes place in the pitch dark, giving kids a flashlight to carry is a great way to keep them extra visible. These days, you can buy special Halloween flashlights (with realistic haunting sounds) as well as ones shaped like your child’s favorite character. Our picks: Melissa & Doug Bibi Bee Flashlight: $12.99 at toysrus.com; Star Wars Darth Vader Lightsaber Flashlight: $20.49 at target.com; LEGO Dynamo Flashlight: $19.99 at amazon.com.
photo: Melissa and Doug
Providing highly visible costumes for your kids is the best way to keep them safe at night. Bright colors and reflective parts or tape are key elements to ensuring trick-or-treaters can be easily seen by cars and pedestrians. We love Melissa & Doug Kids Construction Worker Dress Up Set: $29.99 at macys.com; Boys Reflective Firefighter Costume: $29.99 at partycity.com and select stores.
photo: Kristina Moy
Headlamps & Safety Straps
If your tot is too small to hold a flashlight, an ultra-bright LED headlamp like the Jungle Light Headlamp is a great hands-free option. These cute, animal-shaped headlamps have adjustable bands to fit most head sizes and bright LED lights with a flashing or steady light mode. REI also sells a Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp for kids in a variety of fun colors. If your little one isn’t fond of things around his head, a Safety Strap is another easy way to increase your child’s visibility. These one-size-fits-all arm bands come with four LED lights and two different lighting functions — perfect for the littlest trick-or-treaters in your crew. Jungle Head Lamp: $7.99 at amazon.com and select retailers. Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp: $18.95 at rei.com. Safety Strap: $7.95 at runningexpo.com and most athletic stores.
photo: Black Diamond Equipment
How do you keep your kids safe and visible on Halloween? We would love to hear your ideas in a comment below.
— Kristina Moy