Halloween is rapidly approaching!! For many around Canada, this is a great time to get outside and enjoy the last taste of cool weather before the winter hits with a vengeance. For children everywhere, it is a great time to be creative and enter into a fantasy world of costumes, ghosts, and goblins. Of course, who can forget the ages old tradition of trick or treating and all of the candy that comes out of those bags year after year? Halloween is certainly fun for all those who participate. For just one night every year, people from all walks of life, young and old alike, just act like kids and enjoy the festivities. With that in mind, it is important to stay safe so that those enjoyable times do not turn into heartache, so consider these Halloween safety tips and bits of advice to make this an event that you will truly cherish and remember for years to come.
Tips for Safe Trick Or Treating
- Make sure that children always go out with a group of friends that you trust, and that they agree to stay together. Even more advisable is for the parents to walk with their children, particularly the younger ones.
- Those costumes can get quite dark at night, so put some reflective strips on them to make children highly visible. If possible, choose costumes that are light in color. To add to the mystique of the evening, carry a glow stick that doubles as a flashlight!
- Make sure your children know that they should only go to houses that have the lights on.
- If children are wearing a mask as part of their costume, make sure that the eye portion is cut out big enough that they can easily where they are going.
- This is one night where pets should be kept inside, if at all possible.
- Parents should check all of the candy before allowing children to eat any.
- Any candy that is not in its original wrapper should be thrown away and not eaten.
- Any costume that is worn should not be so long that you might trip over it.
- When crossing the streets on the night of Halloween, special caution should be exercised. Also, remember that normal traffic rules do apply, so no jaywalking!
- Do not accept rides from strangers under any circumstances, even if you are just going right down the street.
- It is important to remind children that they are not to go inside anybody’s house. They should remain on the porch to get the candy.
Making Sure That the Costume is Safe
Often times, we do not pay much attention to the costumes that our children wear on Halloween, but this deserves special consideration as well. This is important, so consider the following guidelines as you prepare to take your kids out shopping for that very costume that they have designed in their head.
- Costumes need to fit properly. This is important because children will be walking a lot, and you want to make sure they do not trip over anything, and that they can freely run if that become necessary. If any of the fabric is in the way of the feet, you want to trim it down, or you can pin it to the pants or hem it up.
- You want to check the labels on any costume or accessory that you purchase. You want to make sure the costumes are flame retardant, because there used to be a day when many of them were not. This is important because you do not want the costume to catch on fire when your child gets near to a pumpkin that is lit up!
- Consider your shoes carefully. Remind your children that, while shoes are certainly an important part of the costume look, they need to be functional and comfortable as well.
- Many costumes come with weapons as a main accessory. Make sure that these are safe, not sharp, and that they do not look too realistic.
Staying Safe on the Roads
Remember that Halloween is increasingly becoming a holiday that everyone enjoys. This means that at the same time children are trick-or-treating, many adults are having parties of their own. This puts a lot of people out on the roads at any one time, perhaps more than any other night of the year. While this can be exciting and fun, there are some Halloween safety tips that you should observe in order to stay safe out there on the roads.
- Be extra careful when driving through any intersection – There will be a lot of children out on the roads, and they are not always as careful as they should be. Just because they are not paying attention to traffic, does not mean that you should follow suit. Please look out and be careful.
- Avoid using a cell phone – This is particularly true when you are driving in a neighborhood that has trick-or-treating going on. You need to remain focused on the road, and driving while on the phone only serves to distract you.
- Be calm and patient – This is a special event, so be relaxed and just go with the flow. If a car stops on the road for a moment, just be patient for a moment. It is quite possible that they are just dropping a few trick-or-treaters that are ready to go and get some candy. Allow them to have their fun. A few moments of waiting will not hurt you in the end.
- Watch out for children on bicycles – There will be more bicycles on the road than normal this night, and not all of them are clearly visible. Again, vigilance wins the day.
So, there you have it. Some Halloween safety tips designed to keep everyone safe out there come this October 31st. Remember, this is supposed to a fun-filled evening for everyone to enjoy. Following these few tips will ensure that this happens.