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.