Tips for a Spooktacular and Safe Halloween

There’s nothing quite like playing dress up for a night and coming home with a candy haul, but it’s also important to ensure that safety of that practice to enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween.  We’ve compiled a list of safety tips to help safeguard little ghouls and goblins on All Hallows Eve.  

Tips for Parents:

  • Avoid the use of masks as they impair a child’s vision.  Instead make use of hypoallergenic, non-toxic make-up
  • Try to purchase or make costumes in light-colored material and place strips of reflective top on both front and make to make children more visible to drivers.  It is also a good idea to carry a flashlight.  Have children carry a light-colored bag for candy and add reflective tape to that as well
  • Ensure that your child’s costume fits properly to prevent trips and falls and avoid accessories such as oversized shoes, high heels and long capes
  • Ensure your child is dressed appropriate for the weather and layer if needed
  • Children aged 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult; over the age of 10 they should be out with a group of at least 3 people
  • If your child will be venturing out with friends, discuss with them in advance the route they should follow and set a curfew
  • Remind children not to eat anything they’ve received until they get home, and everything is inspected

Tips for Children:

  • Carry a cell phone in case of an emergency
  • Advise parents on where you are always going to be and do not stray from pre-determined route
  • Avoid homes that are not well lit and never enter a stranger’s house.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk and if there is no sidewalk then walk on the side of the road facing traffic.  Also, do not criss-cross back and forth across the street.  Work you way up one side of the street and then down the other

 Tips for Homeowners:

  • Ensure that the outside of your home is well lit but turning on the lights and replacing any burnt-out bulbs.
  • Remove anything from your yard that might be considered a tripping hazard for children
  • Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway
  • Use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns
  • Be cognisant of children with food allergies and consider handing out treats other than candy such as stickers, pencils and erasers. Consider leaving a blue pumpkin at your doorstep or front porch if you are handing out non-edible treats as a marker for children with severe food allergies; a blue pumpkin lets children know they can visit safely and receive a small toy or gift instead of candy

Following these safety practices will ensure a safe and Spooktacular Halloween for all.  Happy Halloween from all of us at St. Gabriel Child Care Centres.