For children, Halloween is seen as a time for fun and treats. However, it can prove to be dangerous if basic safety precautions are not followed. This article sets out what you and your children should and shouldn’t do at Halloween.
Make sure your child’s costume does not restrict them or their freedom to move in anyway, i.e. too long or too tight, as this could cause them to fall over.
Ensure that your child is visible in their costume in the dark. It may be worth putting reflective tape on their costume.
If possible, use face paint instead of letting your child wear a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which is dangerous when crossing roads.
If possible, accompany your child at all times whilst they are trick or treating and that you only let them approach well lit houses. It goes without saying, don’t let them approach a house that has a ‘no trick or treating notice’ in the door or window. If you are not accompanying them, attach their full name and phone number to their costume, in case of an emergency.
Check all of the sweets your child has received before letting them eat them, if any appear to be opened or tampered with, throw them away. If you are not accompanying your child, make sure they eat a substantial meal before going out, so they are able to resist the temptation of eating them before they get home!