Halloween Costume Hacks for Carrying Asthma and Allergy Medications
While writing my post-Halloween with Asthma and Allergies: Tips for a not scary Halloween night, I started brainstorming ways to integrate storage for medications like inhalers and Epi-Pens right into a Halloween costume. As someone who is plagued by the curse of girl jeans that have fake pockets, finding ways to carry my inhalers that don’t require me to carry a bag is something I’ve invested some thought in. As I began looking at photos of 2018 Halloween costumes online, I thought of all the great ways medication can be carried and either integrated or camouflaged into costumes.
If you or your child are preparing your Halloween costumes and also have inhalers and/or EpiPens to navigate, consider some of these ideas for keeping medication stored securely, in-style, and in character! Of course, it goes without saying, don’t camouflage meds too well, and if your child is supervised by someone who is not you, ensure they can quickly locate their medication!
Top 5+ Halloween costumes for 2018—and how to carry medications
To begin my quest of concealing medications into costumes, I had to find out what is (apparently) going to be cool this year. After all, my ideas previously brainstormed were for generic costumes like “police officer”, “fire fighter” and “robot” (which I have also included here). I’m going with this list from POPSUGAR for what kids will be into this year.
Hermione Granger (And similarly, Harry Potter, or any other wizard or witch type character). Flowy gowns. especially black ones, give many options for carrying meds.
Add a secret pocket (securable with Velcro) along the back or side, or cut a side-seam open a few inches so an adult-sized hand can easily reach medications in a fanny-pack worn underneath.
The Incredibles–Violet, Dash, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl (and similarly, any other superhero with a “belt”). Wide belts make camouflaging meds easy. Also, this tutorial for a whole family of Incredibles costumes is so easy even I could probably do it, and I am not crafty nor really able to sew.
Okay take a look at that belt. If you, like they, are cutting a t-shirt up, make it 2.5 to 3-ish times the width you need to store your items, fold it in half and sew it into a wide belt (you’ll need some velcro to fasten it onto yourself). Make a secret-y opening somewhere and add some velcro so you can close it up. Viola, instant superhero pocket. Rotate the items so they are sitting against your (child’s) back. (It may be necessary to add an additional seam to prevent items from sliding too much).
Food item costumes–Popcorn, cookie. Next up on the POPSUGAR list, adorable children disguised as adorable food items. Both of these costumes are “puffed out” (for lack of a better term!) away from the body, meaning that airspace can easily be converted to store meds. A lightweight cosmetics (or similar) bag can be securely safety-pinned into space. (Probably on the front side so kids don’t sit on their meds uncomfortably!)
If you don’t have a cosmetics bag, this duct-tape pencil case DIY using a Ziploc (and a few extra layers of duct tape for durability) could probably handle the task, too! (Pro tip: If your Ziploc is too big, fold it up and tape the bottom upwards to re-size the length to your needs.)
People, this may be the very best costume because unless all these zippers are fake, there are SO MANY storage options. Not only that, Rocket Racoon has a rocket AKA jetpack AKA backpack, so all storage problems are solved. (Bonus, candy can also be stored inside said rocket/jetpack/backpack.)
Doc McStuffins. (Also works for non McStuffins doctors.) Um hello, Doc McStuffins has to carry her doctor-y supplies! I have just learned that there are many styles of Doc McStuffins doctor kits and lunch kits on Google Images. A pencil case would work too.
Pick a fabric one an appropriate size to your child so they do not fall over. Add a loop on the back of one of these kits, and thread it over a belt (probably pink or purple for Doc!)—loops can be sewn on or even hot glued. Boom. Medical supply kit disguised as “doctor” supply kit, attached to the kiddo so their hands are free and it doesn’t get forgotten.
Also, Doc McStuffins could totally carry her supplies in a small backpack like Rocket Raccoon, too. Just put a little pink first aid symbol on there and you are set and in character.
Of course, any of these suggestions can be modified to work with lots of costumes!
How do you ensure your child has access to their medications when they are wearing costumes or dressing up? Let us know your suggestions in the comments!