31 tips for a #safeandfun Halloween
We’re approaching the spookiest time of year… Halloween!!! As fun as this holiday is (especially for kids), you need to make sure you and your kids are staying safe. Whether you’re out on the streets with your children collecting sweets, or just giving out candy, below are 31 tips to make sure you and you children have a #safeandfun Halloween this year.
Preparation is crucial as a participant of Halloween because there will be many children coming to your doorstep seeking candy.
1. Clear any leaves or items from your walkway so the trick-or-treaters don’t trip and fall.
2. Make sure the outdoor lights are turned on and replace any burnt-out bulbs beforehand.
3. Carve a pumpkin or two and use a battery-operated candle opposed to an actual candle to avoid the risk of staring a fire.
4. When buying candy, think about a lot of the common allergies that children have. This includes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy, and wheat.
Even if your pet isn’t normally aggressive, take into the consideration that you will be opening and closing your door and you don’t want to risk your pet escaping. Some children also may be scared of animals so take that into consideration too.
5. Put up a gate as a precaution.
6. You can also choose to put them entirely in a separate room for the few hours that the tick-or-treaters will be coming to your door.
The best part of Halloween is having a fun costume that you can show off but there are some factors to consider when choosing the perfect costume.
7. Make sure there are no loose pieces hanging down from the costume. They provide a risk of tripping.
8. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, and long dresses and capes as part of the costume.
9. Make sure the costume is comfortable (not too loose or too tight) especially if it is going to be worn for a while.
10. Chose face paint over full face masks because masks limit one’s field of vision.
11. Add reflective tape to the front, back, and sides of your child’s costume, and even to their candy bag. Reflective tape is a safety protection material that reflects any light surrounding it at night so drivers can spot pedestrians.
12. Wearing a costume made of lighter coloured fabric is ideal.
13. Dress for the weather even if it means putting a jacket under a costume.
(No) Parental Supervision
Children under the age of 10-12-years-old should be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating. By this age range, some children are ready to go trick or treating with a group of friends and without and adult to supervise. This however is completely to the discretion to the parent/guardian as they are the one who knows their child. If your child is going trick or treating by themselves, here are some things to consider.
14. Make sure your child goes trick-or-treating in a group of 3 or more so they can be accountable for one another.
15. Go into depth about safety precautions your child needs to take while on the streets. Even if isn’t your child’s first-time trick or treating without adult supervision, it’s a good idea to review them.
16. Giving your child a phone for the time they are out is ideal, especially if they are not trick or treating with an adult. Make sure it is fully charged, and that they know what number to call in case something happens. It can also be doubled as a flashlight which is a good thing to have on hand.
17. Discuss how long they will be out, what route they will be taking, and what time they’ll be home at. If they want to go off-route, tell them to let you know by either by text or call.
18. Ensure your child trick or treats in familiar areas that are well-lit.
Safety Tips for Walking
When out trick-or-treating, there are precautions you need to take to ensure the safety of you and your child.
19. Walk on well-lit streets and on sidewalks. Avoid walking on the road especially when unnecessary.
20. When crossing the street, cross at corners and be extra careful. Make sure to look both ways before crossing and look for moving lights.
21. Make eye contact with drivers before you cross in front of them and know what the ‘go ahead’ signal is.
22. Put your electronic devices down so you can be extra attentive of your surroundings.
23. Watch for cars that are backing out of their driveway and be cautious around cars that have their light on.
24. Avoid houses that don’t have their lights on even if it has decorations.
Halloween night is a night when there will be lots of children walking around and may not always be aware of their surroundings.
25. Drive slowly and be extra carful in neighbourhoods. Children are very excited on Halloween night and may move unpredictably and dart across the street without looking.
26. Take extra time at stop signs looking all ways and making sure you are advancing only when you are 100% sure either there is no one at the crosswalk, or the pedestrian(s) see.
27. Enter and exit driveways very carefully looking both ways, turning your head.
28. Know that popular trick or treating time is between 6:00pm – 9:00pm, or sometimes even later. This means that the streets of neighbourhoods will be filled with kids at this time.
Because your child will be going to ‘stranger’s’ houses, you don’t know where the candy is coming from.
29. Make sure your child knows not to eat any candy until they get home.
30. When they get home, check the wrapper for any abnormalities or openings. Candies that don’t look like they have been packaged properly are a good indicator that they have been tampered with. Make sure to be thorough.