Some of you have years of experience with the parental rigors of Halloween, some of you may be facing the waltz around the neighbourhood with your little ninjas and princesses in tow for the very first time. Whether this is your family’s swan song or your inaugural ball, Avery offers up some timeless safety tips to help keep this year’s Halloween safe and fun for parents and children alike.
Let’s start at the very beginning. It all starts with a child’s imagination; little Suzy runs to you with eyes wide open with excitement and inspiration. A fairy princess is what she wants to be—for the third year in a row! Johnny is indulging in his fascination with superheroes, and Robbie comes out of nowhere with a desire to be a piece of fried bacon.
Whatever the artistic evolution of your children’s inner ID, make sure they steer clear of injury and harm by keeping these costume guidelines in mind:
Scrutinize outfits to avoid ill-fitting shoes and long hemlines that could cause trips and falls.
Masks have long been a staple of Halloween outfits, but since they often limit or block eyesight they might not be the best choice, particularly at night.
For safer options, try non-toxic face paints or fancy hats that won’t obscure vision as substitutes..
Should you let your ghosts roam alone?
Wondering whether you should allow your kids to trick or treat alone? Take advice from the experts. Don’t let your younger children trick or treat without a trusted adult. For the older ones: establish a route, set a curfew and have them carry a mobile phone to enable check-ins. Here are some guidelines to give them:
- Stay in a group
- Pick only the houses with porch lights on and that have put up Halloween decorations
- Never enter a home
- Never cut across gardens or use alleys
Treats & eats
The zombies, robots and witches have come back successful from the hunt and they’re anxious to compare their loot and chomp on some sweets. Before the sugar explosion, examine their stash for choking hazards and any signs of tampering. Any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious treats should be thrown out immediately. Homemade treats are deliciously tempting, but make sure they were baked by someone you know very well. For younger goblins, weed out gum, peanuts, hard sweets and other choking hazards.
Don't forget the pets.
Pets may be forgotten in the melee of little monsters, but the constant knocking and doorbell ringing, the strangers at the door and the tempting bowls of sweeties can easily whip Fido into a fine frenzy. Take any pets away from the action to prevent them from chasing or biting a neighbour. Also keep in mind that chocolate is no friend to dogs and take care to hide the treats high enough to prevent your canine’s covert chocolate stealing.
Some final tips for a safe Halloween.
Phew! You’ve completed your primer on Halloween hazards, and you’re ready to take on one of the most fun celebrations ever invented. Safe and fun wishes from your friends at Avery!