(NBC News) Dressing up on Halloween for trick-or-treating is one of the best things about being a kid, and it’s important to make sure their costumes don’t get in the way of a good, and safe, time.
Inspired by the upcoming “Star Wars” movie, d.i.y. websites are full of instructions on making Storm Trooper Halloween masks for kids.
Unfortunately, safety experts say it’s not worth the trouble. Masks impair vision, meaning trick-or-treaters may not see oncoming cars.
Safe Kids Worldwide says that translates into a scary annual rise in kids killed in car accidents.
“On Halloween night, we see the number of fatalities actually double compared to any other night of the year,” notes Safe Kids Worldwide president Kate Carr.
Compounding the danger, drivers may not be able to see kids, especially if they’re wearing costumes like the one called “The Invisible Kid.”
It’s a body suit that completely covers a child in black cloth, making them blend into the night.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests giving glow sticks to kids in darker costumes and adding reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags.
Safety experts also recommend making sure costumes fit well and aren’t too long to avoid trips and falls.
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