Tips for having a safe Halloween
Staying Safe This Halloween
It’s one of the favourite times of year for all your little monsters. A time to dress up, have fun and eat more sugar than is the recommended daily limit for a small country. Unfortunately, it’s also a time that has children out after dark and strangers in masks handing out treats. We’re not suggesting that you give in to fear of the unknown and stay at home with your drapes closed. Exactly the opposite! We’re here to give you some tips on how you can enjoy a safe Halloween and remove some stress from your evening.
Have a meeting point
While you are trick-or-treating and depending on how your neighbourhood is set up, always choose a meeting point. You can pick a central location that is relatively visible from the whole neighbourhood. If this isn’t possible, set up one for each street. This way, your children know if you get separated for any reason, they should head to that spot.
Choose a Password
If you are separated from your child and a stranger approaches them, tell your child they have to know the password or they are not to talk to them. This is an excellent time to review your “Stranger Danger” plan with your child. Remind them that this policy is always in effect.
Light ‘Em Up
If you can, incorporate glow sticks into your child’s costume. If not, buy some reflective tape and put it on their costume and their candy bag. You can also supply your child with a flashlight if you’ll be out after dusk.
Review Fire Safety
Although most candles are contained within pumpkins, Halloween costumes can be notoriously flammable. Go over the “STOP. DROP. ROLL.” technique with your children. While it should be the responsibility of the home owners to make sure their homes are safe, this is an important fire safety drill that is effective all year round.
If you are the homeowner, consider using glow sticks to light up your pumpkins instead of candles. That way, you can also get a really neat effect using different colours.
Make Up Test
So you’ve bought all the makeup you need to transform your children into little monsters. Have you tested it on their skin for reactions yet? A few days before Halloween, test the makeup on a small patch of your child’s skin. Leave it on for at least an hour. Better to have a reaction on a small area than discover it when you are on your candy route, away from home.
Remember to have a talk with your children about candy safety. When you get home, go through their loot bag together. Ask them if they see anything that they should be careful about consuming. Only allow them to eat factory sealed treats, unless they were made by someone you know and trust. Also, look clearly for any peanut filled candy that could cause an allergic reaction.
While we hope you have a spooky Halloween, we also want you and your family to stay safe. Have a wonderful time!