It’s that spooky time of the year again! Trick or treating can be the highlight of the year for kids, but many parents have safety concerns. It is understandable – kids excited on sugar, running around at night, meeting strangers; it would be odd if people didn’t have concerns. We’ve collected some recommended safety tips for you to ensure your Halloween is as stress free as possible!
Plan your route
Spending a few minutes printing out a map and planning your route is a really good way of keeping organised and safe, especially if you involve your children in this activity. Allowing them some level of influence over where you go, and emphasising the importance of sticking to the route (maybe make it a game, with spooky maps) greatly reduces the chance of a child wandering off and getting lost, or becoming stuck miles away from home. Remember to bring a torch and walk in groups – and don’t forget, there should always be a responsible adult present.
Keep to trusted neighbours
If possible, contact your neighbours and members of your community to plan ahead and make sure that they will be in, be happy to have trick or treaters, and are people you know and trust. This way, your trick or treating party won’t disturb those who do not celebrate Halloween and there’s a level of accountability and knowledge over who your children will be meeting. Ideal for everyone!
Never approach dark homes or accept lifts from strangers, and stick to the pavement in well known neighbourhoods.
If you’re trick or treating at night it’s pretty obvious that it’s going to be dark. With so many people, especially children, on the streets at night it’s no wonder traffic safety is a concern. In particular, many Halloween costumes use dark colours, adding to the risk of low visibility. It is worth considering high visibility clothing, which we supply, and incorporating these into your child’s costume to help drivers see you. After all, you’d do the same if you were cycling or walking any other night; Halloween should be no different! If the child kicks up a fuss about wearing a full jacket, persuade them to adorn their costume with reflective tape instead.
In addition, something that people often miss is the risk that open flames pose on Halloween. Pumpkins and decorations often use candles, and are sometimes carried by children in costumes that may be highly flammable, and with trailing parts that can become entangled. Avoid this risk by using flame resistant clothing in your costumes, wearing well fitting costumes, and staying alert for any open flames.
There has also been a recent rise in the popularity of decorative contact lenses. Terrifyingly red eyes can look very cool, yes, but coloured contacts can actually damage your eyesight and are a particular risk to teenagers who may buy them from less reputable vendors. Consider and research the risks when making this decision, or avoid all together.
We hope these tips have been useful to you, and we wish you all a very happy (and safe) Halloween!