Republished from October 2010
October generally finds me and my offspring mulling over possible Halloween costumes. This year I came across an idea with a built-in “teachable moment” on workplace safety – construction worker. Not only is it a fun and visual costume for kids, it’s also a chance to gently introduce the importance of personal protective equipment.
The basic costume (plus my two-cents’ worth):
- Painter or carpenter jeans – Preferred to shorts and skirts of course.
- Thermal and/or flannel top – It’s good to maintain a comfortable body temperature.
- Work boots – Steel-toed to protect from 2x4s (or jack-o’-lanterns).
- Safety vest – Great for working around forklifts or traipsing around in the dark.
- Tool belt – This keeps hands free for climbing ladders or shovelling candy into your mouth.
- Cell phone – Young or old, beware the potential distraction factor!
- Hard hat – Always a good idea to protect your head.
(Based on “How to Dress Like a Construction Worker” )
Maybe there’s a trick-or-treater at your house who could have some fun with this idea. (If so, I’d really love to see a photo). Happy Halloween!