Halloween is a fun holiday for the whole family. From handing out candy to little skeletons and princesses, to marching your squad of Minions and pirates out for some trick-or-treating — but it’s important to make the night safe for all involved.
Treats, No Tricks
When trick-or-treating with little ones, it’s important to make sure the night is fun, with no incidents. Whether you’re on a busy street or not, it’s important to keep all the kids together and on the sidewalk (or close to the curb, if there isn’t one).
Only visit houses that have lights on, Halloween decorations, pumpkins, and the like. These houses have indicated that they’re giving out candy. Once at the door, don’t allow the kids to physically enter the house. And while this isn’t a safety tip, make sure they say, “thank you.”
Another way to make sure your kids stay safe is by making sure they’re wearing comfortable costumes that fit. If a costume is too long or baggy, this could cause a trip and fall! Layer up if it’s cold! Canadian Halloweens can go either way when it comes to weather, so be prepared.
Does your child suffer from severe food allergies? This can mean a very sad and boring Halloween night for them. That said, there is a new trend right now that’s catching on — The Teal Pumpkin Project. If you see a house with a teal painted pumpkin or jack-o’-lantern on their porch, that means they have non-candy/non-food alternatives. This could mean festive stickers, pencils, small toys or whatever the homeowner decides to give out instead of candy. This will make Halloween fun without the fear of allergic reactions. Learn more about this national campaign in our blog dedicated to The Teal Pumpkin Project.
These tips are for the homeowners. Decorating to make your house festive or spooky is awesome. It’s always great when people really get into the spirit of the holiday! However, you have to be kind to your trick-or-treaters to ensure they can safely walk up to your home. Make sure your porch and driveway is well lit, and that there are no decorations or items that could be a tripping hazard. Keep dogs and other pets in the house and away from the door.
To Supervise, or Not to Supervise?
Today, many parents have to face the dilemma of deciding when their kids are old enough to go trick-or-treating without parental supervision. While there is no rule, it’s best to wait until they’re at least 10 years old before allowing them to go without you or another parent. That said, your child should be with friends, not alone.
Check the Haul
While children always want to rip right into their candy as soon as they get in the door, it’s important to check it over. Make sure all candy is wrapped and sealed. Dump it onto a table, and visually inspect and sort it to make sure it’s all safe.
Have a fun Halloween with friends and family!