See our tips on staying safe during the Halloween period

Posted by / Wednesday 24 October 2018 / Safety

Halloween can be a fun, and exciting time of the year for children.

By bringing their imaginations to life through the costumes that they wear and the characters that they become, running from door to door to collect ‘trick or treats’ and watching spooky films, it has been a childhood favourite for decades.

While Halloween is a fun time for some kids, there can be some hazards that are easily avoidable if careful.

Here are some precautions that you can take in order to avoid anything that is actually frightening from happening on the night and just enjoy the time with your kids - sugar rush and all.

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Plan A Route in Advance

If you take your kids Trick-or-treating, make sure you plan a route ahead of time.

This is to avoid getting lost and keeping your kids from getting too tired along the way. The nights get dark earlier around this time of year and the excitement of the night could make your child exhausted, so planning a well-lit path near your home can make everyone feel safer, and avoid long treks home.

Comfortable Shoes

Halloween costumes have become more elaborate and extravagant over the years, but this does not mean that comfort should be out of the question when picking out a great costume. Make sure that your child is wearing comfortable shoes to avoid blisters, tripping or having to end the night early due to tired feet.

Costume Safety

Using chemical-free face makeup or paint can be a great alternative to masks. Make sure any masks are big enough for children, so they are able to see properly and breathe with it on.
Large, cumbersome costumes may also impair hearing, vision and mobility so consider this before making a trip outdoors!

Visiting Houses

A big part of Halloween is the Trick-or-Treating. Make sure that your children only go to houses that have their lights on - as not to disturb anyone. Also remind them never to go inside someone’s house if they do not know them or you are not present.

Stay in the Light

As night time comes earlier during the Halloween season, it is important to remember to stay in well-lit areas while walking around and to stay off the road in order to avoid cars, tripping or other dangerous situations that can occur if you are not in an area with enough light.

Check The Haul!

Before allowing your child to eat any of their sweets, it can be wise to quickly check their collection and avoid anything that is slightly opened, doesn’t have any packaging or is not in its original packaging.

Crossing the Street Safely

During the excitement of the night, it can be easy for your children to forget to look before they cross the road. Remind them not to zig zag from house to house and walk with them along the sidewalk before safely crossing the road.

Halloween is great fun for kids and it is a time to let them be just that: kids. To make sure they make the most of the night, it is important to make sure that their safety comes first so that everyone can have a fun time. Happy Halloween!

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