Baby Shark — in a parka.
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle — in a parka.
Elsa and Anna from “Frozen” — in parkas.
While some Halloween costumes are more cold-weather friendly than others, parents in the Fort Collins area and across Colorado are scrambling to winterize their kids’ favorite characters ahead of what promises to be a frigid Halloween.
This week’s cold snap isn’t expected to let up until the weekend, meaning that trick-or-treaters will brave both scares and sub-freezing temperatures Thursday night. The National Weather Service is forecasting a daytime high of 36 degrees Thursday, with the overnight low dipping to 13.
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If you, like this daddy, are scrambling to keep your daughter’s ears covered and her Minnie Mouse ears on, consider these cold-weather tips to keep the kids happy and safe this Halloween:
Add a layer
Kids, and especially babies and young children, don’t tolerate the cold as well as adults. Since most store-bought Halloween costumes are made of lightweight material, use thee tips from the Cleveland Clinic to help keep them warm:
- Add one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. On Thursday, that will likely mean adding a head-to-toe base layer under your kids’ costumes along with their outerwear.
- Accessorize: Snow boots, gloves or mittens and a hat will be just as important to your child’s costume as Thor’s hammer or Captain America’s shield.
- Keep things bright: In your zeal to keep your kid warm, don’t forget to make them easily visible at night with reflective clothing and a light source of some kind.
Limit time outside
This one is easier said than done, but since little bodies get cold faster, try to split trick-or-treating into a series of short expeditions. If you’re starting from home, set a timer and bring the kids inside to warm up periodically.
If you notice your child’s skin turning red or becoming numb, get them inside and under warm blankets to raise their body temperature.
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Consider a wam(er)-weather alternative
A daytime high of 36 degrees isn’t exactly tropical, but Colorado’s intense sun makes a big difference in keeping warm. With mostly clear skies expected Thursday, the annual Tiny Tot Halloween in Old Town Fort Collins will be a good alternative to a frigid night of treat-seeking.
Old Town businesses will open their doors to young trick-or-treaters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. You can register for this free event at Old Town Square.
If you have a musically inclined tyke, you can brave the warm climes of Colorado State University’s University Center for the Arts for the 14th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza. Haunting organ music will be paired with spooky sound and lighting effects during 5, 7 and 9 p.m. performances.
The extravaganza is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62 and up), $4 for youths under 18 and free for CSU students. You can get tickets online at csuartstickets.universitytickets.com.
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Don’t forget to de-ice your driveway
Remember, in most Northern Colorado towns and cities, homeowners have 24 hours from the last snowfall to shovel their sidewalk. With snow predicted to fall into Wednesday night, you should plan to clear things up for the Thursday hijinks if you haven’t already.
Be sure you’re not offering a slick march for trick-or-treaters. You might have to take some rock salt to any specifically icy spots if you suffer from a shaded drive this time of year.
Coloradoan editor Eric Larsen can be reached at email@example.com or 970-224-7745.
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