The big night is finally here, where you can knock on your neighbours door and ask them for something…and they won’t pretend they aren’t home!
Whether you’ll be at home handing out treats to kids or out with your family, it’s always good to have a quick Halloween safety chat.
Before we get to my list, I HAD to share these throwback safety videos that I found online. Maybe you remember having to sit threw them when you were a kid, but if not…they are perfectly cheesy and you’ll love it!
This next one is more up my ally as I was four years old when this came out. LOVE the talking animated pumpkin!
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind and review for tonight.
- Slow down and avoid residential areas if possible
- Watch along parked cars as excited kids may jump out to cross the street without looking
- Obey all the normal traffic rules- crossing at crosswalks, using the traffic lights where applicable
- Avoid dark clothes/colours and large masks that obstruct vision or hearing
- Put reflective tape or markings on the costumes to make sure that they’re bright
- Have the kids carry a flashlight so they can see where they are walking and to help drivers see them
- Parents need to check ALL treats before the kids eat any and throw out anything that is opened or not fully sealed
- Plan a route on familiar and well-lit streets
- Identify safe places along the route your kids can go to seek help
- Make sure kids know your cellphone number and address, in case you get separated
- Consider letting older kids bring cellphones so they can get in touch easily
- Teach your children to say no in a loud voice if someone tries to grab them or steer them away
- Remind older kids who are trick-or-treating with friends to stay together and to respect curfew
- Only visit homes that are well-lit and decorated
- Wait on the porch outside, don’t go inside the home
- Tell your children not to approach any vehicle or accept a ride unless they have your permission to do so
- Pay attention to decorations:
- Try using battery-powered decorations. If you do use extension cords, make sure they are specific for outdoor use and keep them out of the way from driveways/pathways.
- Statistics show that 2/5 fires that will happen on Halloween will be because of candles, so keep an eye on where they are and what is close to them.
- Try to stick to handing out packaged/sealed treats rather than homemade goodies.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!