Trick or Treat Safely This Halloween
Safe but Fun Halloween Costumes
- If you’re buying a costume, pay close attention to the fabric and materials. Many costumes are not made of flame-retardant material. As well, some costumes contain billowing capes and long skirts – think about candles and other flames when choosing such a costume.
- Think about the length of the costume. A long skirt, cape, or scarves can make it hard for young children in particular to walk easily. If your child insists on a long skirt or cape, make a belt or sash that you can use to tuck the long material into when out walking from door-to-door.
- It’s at Halloween that swords, knives, pitchforks, and other accessories come out. Think about your child’s ability to easily carry these items. Make sure they are made of soft material and do not pose a hazard.
- Visibility is key. Even if your child wants to dress up as Black Panther or Batman, be creative and attach some material that glows to the bottom of the costume or even some colorful blinking lights. Attach adhesive glow-in-the-dark tape to the treat bag or look for a treat bag that has built-in flashing lights. Some kids really like wearing a glow-in-the-dark bracelet or headband – this can be a good addition to a costume and provides some much-needed visibility.
- Masks and make-up are an essential part of any Halloween costume. Make sure your child’s mask fits properly and that he or she can easily breathe, talk, and see while wearing it. For make-up, test it out a week or so in advance to make sure your child does not react to the make-up and that it’s easy to remove.
- Think about the weather. Depending on where you live, your child’s costume might need to be worn over top of a winter jacket or work well with rubber boots. Plan ahead and maybe have the back-up ghost costume just in case the weather changes last minute.
So Much Halloween Candy
- Talk to your kids about not eating any Halloween candy until they get home. Remind them that part of the fun is separating the candy into piles at the kitchen table after a night out and then trading with their siblings.
- There is some candy that you may not want your children to have. Gum or hard candy are not appropriate for young children – it’s okay to be that parent that takes these items out of the Halloween stash to ensure their safety.
- Think about how you’ll store the Halloween candy. Will you make it accessible to your kids or keep it stored securely and hand it out after supper or on the weekend? This is up to you and your family. There is some candy that can be ideal for baking and other desserts – look online for recipes that use chocolate bars or even sour candies – a great way to use up Halloween candy.
- Be aware of candy that is not wrapped or is homemade. Most of it will be safe, but taking extra caution is a good idea. If your child does receive homemade treats, the best approach is to allow them only if you know the person who has made them.
Safe Streets for the Best Halloween Treats
- Choose neighborhoods that you know. Some communities have special designated trick or treating streets that are fully decorated and well-lighted to ensure safe walking.
- Stick to the sidewalks. Often the excitement of the night sees kids wandering on to the road – remember there are still cars out on the street and it can be hard to see little ghosts and goblins.
- Walk with your children. Depending on the age of your kids, you might want to walk up to the door with your trick-or-treater or feel comfortable standing a few feet back.
- Do not let your children enter any houses.
- Look for community events such as a Halloween party at a community hall or a Halloween party at a local park. This can be a fun way for young children to experience the fun of Halloween without the tiring walking.