Before your little ghosts and goblins head out for Halloween, read these important safety tips.
Halloween is beyond exciting for children—they get to stay up late, dress up and gorge on sweets. They’re hyper, distracted and determined to make the most of the day (and night!), so parents need to make sure they stay visible, follow the rules of the road and don’t eat anything strange from their goodie bag.
Here are our quick tips to keep this spooky holiday from becoming a scary one.
Pick the right size
Make sure that costumes fit properly. Hems should be well above the ground to avoid tripping, and children should have full range of motion.
Keep it bright
Dark colours are harder to see at night, so dress your children up in bright costumes or add reflective accessories to dark getups.
Break out the makeup
Since masks can obstruct vision, create the same idea with face paint. But…
Test it out first
Before the big day, try the face paint to make sure your child doesn’t have a skin reaction. And of course, be sure to wash it all off before tucking them into bed.
Choose non-flammable fabrics
Pumpkin lanterns often have real candles inside, so opt for costumes that are fire-resistant and avoid loose capes and glittery fabric, which tends to be more flammable. And to cut the risk, light up your pumpkin with a battery-powered tea light or LED “candle.”
Get your glow on
Light your children up with glow sticks, bike lights clipped onto costumes and reflective tape. Remember to carry a torch with you.
Accompany the tiny trick-or-treaters
Little children should always have an adult with them.
Go as a group
Older children should travel together, stick to a route they’ve cleared with their parents, check-in by phone regularly, and agree on a specific time that they should return home.
Don’t feel you have to hit every home on the street. Look for well-lit locations with decorations or homes of people you know.
Kids should never enter strangers’ homes.
Follow the rules of the road
Set a good example and only cross the street at established crossings.
If you are driving in residential areas,
Take it slow.
Watch for children walking on roadways, pavements and be alert when passing parked cars.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
Stay alert and safe
Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, especially when crossing the street.
Check it all out
Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
Before you let your children dive in, empty the entire goodie bag and inspect it all. Throw out any packages that look like they’ve been opened, homemade or repackaged.
Be alert for allergens
If you’ve got a child with serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the goodies.
Don’t skip the teeth-brushing routine! Sticky sweets are cavities waiting to happen.
Stay safe & have a great Halloween.