season is here. Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, check
out these Halloween safety tips to ensure that all the kids out
trick-or-treating have a good time and get home safely.
with your kids. Know where your kids are going and who your kids
are going out with. Agree on a time when your child should be
Make sure all young
children are accompanied by at least one, or preferably two
adults. If your children are going up to the doors without you,
make sure to maintain visual contact with them and keep within
Organize a parents'
community walk for the evening - and why not get into the spirit
of Halloween by dressing up too?
Make sure you know
exactly what your children are wearing when they go out Trick or
Treating. If anyone goes missing you need to be able to give a
good description of your child and their clothing.
Make sure your kids
know the difference between trick or treating and vandalism.
They should respect the property of the person they are
Instruct your kids
NOT to eat treats until they get back home. Then you can check
the treats. When checking treats, throw away any loose candy,
and any wrapped items that appear to have been tampered with.
Discard any homemade treats unless they have been made by
someone you know. Not everyone out there has your kids' fun in
should be made of flame resistant material.
Since your kids will
be out after dark, make the costume is bright. Costumes that
glow in the dark or glow brightly in dim lighting are excellent
Make sure that
underneath that ghost costume your child is warm enough. Kids
should dress warmly for the weather.
Avoid using high
heeled shoes - your child may trip over and fall down steps.
Remember it is dark, and if they are out for a while, they need
to stay comfortable.
If your costume
includes "weapons" like swords or knives, make sure they are
flexible and can do no harm.
If your child is
wearing a mask, make sure they understand that they MUST take it
off before crossing any roads.
Put a name, phone
and address tag somewhere on your kids' costume, in case they
If Trick or Treaters
need lights, make sure they are using flashlights. NOT candles.
A flashlight held under the chin pointing upwards will make your
child look suitably scary when they ring doorbells, but a candle
RESIDENTS BEING VISITED BY KIDS
willingness to join in the festivities by displaying pumpkins,
jack o' lanterns etc. in your windows or on your porch.
from your lawns and steps so that kids won't trip over them.
Make sure the outside of your house is well lit.
Halloween treats, consider items other than candy, like
stickers, erasers, pens, crayons etc. If you do get candy, make
sure it is in sealed bags for safety.
Consider dressing up
for Halloween even if you are not going out. It is great fun to
answer the door to masked kids if YOU look even more scary!
Be careful how you
drive on Halloween. Expect excited kids to be running out from
behind parked cars and drive accordingly.
Don't be a killjoy.
If you don't celebrate Halloween and you get called on by
mistake, there is no need to call the Police, or rain on the
kids' parade. Rather than telling those smiling faces "Halloween
is the Devil’s work and you will all burn in hell!", try
instead: "Sorry kids, but this household does not celebrate
Keep your family
pets indoors on Halloween. They are likely to be terrified of
the masked groups of children (and adults!) rushing about the
Don't forget to say
thank you for any treats you are given. You may be a witch, a
monster, a vampire, a ballet dancer, a pokemon or a cowboy, but
be a POLITE one!
Stick together in a
group. Make sure you are never alone at any time. Carry plenty
of flashlights and be seen!
Be wary of
strangers, walking the streets. Remember a stranger is anyone
that your parents or teachers have NOT told you is OK. Don't be
scared of strangers, just be careful!
celebrates Halloween. Neighbors who are celebrating the
Halloween festivities indicate this by decorating their windows
or doors with Halloween symbols - pumpkins, bats, etc. These
people are inviting kids to visit. It's better not to go trick
or treating to houses that don't display these signs. If you do
you may end up upsetting someone.
Don't stop to chat
with strangers driving cars around the neighborhood, don't
accept treats from drivers and never get into a stranger's car.
Never go inside
someone's house. It's better to wait on the doorstep.
Be aware of basic
road safety. Cross streets only at corners, don't rush out from
between parked cars, and watch out for cars pulling into
people's property - don't trample through their gardens.