Halloween rolls around every year, with parents concerned about their child’s safety the same as the last year. I mean, I don’t blame them; strangers giving out candy? Kids walking in the dark? But this is a tradition that we all did as children and we would hope that our children would be able to enjoy just the same (as safely as possible)…
Here are 6 tips to having the most safe and awesome Halloween:
1. CHECK YOUR CHILD’S CANDY.
Before checking your child’s treats, remind them to only eat the candy once it’s been verified by either parent or guardian. Tell your candy-craved children to never eat treats that have a partially open or broken wrapper, no matter how badly they want it! The same goes with fruits and homemade goods. You are getting treats from strangers after-all, so some caution is necessary.
2. ATTENTION TO ALLERGIES.
Checking candy wrappers is also important for allergies… If your child is allergic to nuts, peanuts are crawling all over these neighbourhood doorsteps in our favourite chocolate bars! Remind your child to carry their epipen with them (or you carry it for them) on Halloween night if they have severe allergies, and to not eat the candy before it is checked! There are some houses that will notify you that they give out allergy-free candy or non-food treats. One way to know of this is teal painted pumpkins on door-steps! This is part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Not everyone knows of this initiative though, so be sure to maintain checking the candy wrappers to be safe.
3. Use reflective tape.
Put reflective tape on your child’s costume and have them carry a glow stick. Cars are everywhere. Children, are also everywhere. Prevent an accident by being as visible as possible.
4. One side of the street.
Prevent winding in and out of the streets and remind your children to trick or treat on one side of the street first, cross at the crosswalk and continue on the other side of the street. Using sidewalks only to cross to other people’s homes, is not only more polite than crossing over their garden but is also more safe than walking in the street, duh.
5. Face-paint instead of masks.
Opting for a costume involving face-paint might require bringing out your artistic (or not-so-artistic) skills in the place of a mask. Masks can impede children’s vision, making crossing through the streets more dangerous.
6. Chaperon your kids.
If your children are little ones, then it’s inevitable that a parent or guardian will be escorting the princess’ and monsters. Does your young teen want to trick or treat without the embarrassment of their parents keeping an eye on them? Have an older teen escort them or have them share their route with you and set a curfew.
Remember above all – have fun, make memories, eat your kids candy when they go to sleep, and be safe!