It’s that fabulously frightening time of year again!
Halloween can be a lot of fun for kids, but it’s important for parents to take some precautions to ensure that their little ones are safe during this spooky holiday.
So before you let your guys and ghouls out trick-or-treating, be sure to read our tips for a safe Halloween!
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To ensure their experience is always sweet, it’s important to make sure your child is aware of the potential dangers that could occur during trick-or-treating.
Here are a few tips to help keep kids safe while they are out collecting candy:
- Children are twice as likely to die while walking on Halloween than any other day, so it is crucial that your child is visible to drivers. Have them wear brightly-colored clothing or costumes, and consider adding reflective tape or stickers to their outfit.
- Teach them to never go into a stranger’s home, and to always stay with a group of friends.
- Remind them not to eat any candy until you have had a chance to inspect it for tampering.
- Tell them not to visit houses or areas that are not well-lit.
- If they are going out late at night, be sure they have a responsible adult with them.
- Provide them with a flashlight or cell phone if they do not already have one.
- If they are old enough to not be accompanied by an adult, agree on a curfew and specific route they will take.
When it comes to creating safe costumes for your children, there are some aspects you don’t want to overlook:
- Choose a costume that is the right size. Costumes that are too big or too baggy can be a trip hazard.
- Avoid costumes that include masks, as they can impede your child’s vision.
- Make sure their costume is flame-resistant (in case pumpkins on someone’s step are flowing with a real flame!).
- If they are carrying a prop, such as a sword or wand, make sure it is made of soft, flexible materials.
- Avoid sharp or pointy objects that could potentially injure someone.
- Ensure costumes are weather appropriate. Use layers if necessary.
- Remove all makeup before bed to prevent irritation of the skin and eyes.
In Canada, there are over 4 million children who are within the trick-or-treating age range (5-14 years old).
By following these tips for a safe Halloween, you can help ensure that all children have a fun, secure, and spooktacular celebration!
Further the protection of your children on Halloween by completing our Standard Child Care First Aid course.