Halloween Safety Tips 2021
Halloween is fun for kids but can be scary for parents – especially if their kids are going out on their own. Generally speaking, children should go trick–or–treating with adult supervision at least until age 12. After this, some children may be mature enough to go in small groups as long as all safety rules are covered such as planning the route ahead of time and letting you know, using a buddy system to ensure safety at all times, carrying a cell phone if possible, having a safety plan in case of an emergency (i.e. knowing who to call, where to go). It is best, however, for parents to determine for themselves when their child may be ready to go unattended.
Safety tips for kids:
- Do not use masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what's around them, including cars.
- As an alternative to a mask, try hypoallergenic non–toxic make–up. This is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
- Make or buy costumes in light–coloured material. Place strips of reflective tape on the back and at the front so that drivers can better see your child.
- Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses, or capes.
If your child is going out without an adult:
- Make sure your child is in a group of at least three people.
- Give them a flashlight – a cell phone is also a good idea if possible.
- Draw a map outlining the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn't on the route.
- Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch with them!)
Tell your child:
- Not to eat anything until they get home.
- Don't visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger's house.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible – if there's no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
- Don't criss-cross back and forth across the street. Work your way up one side of the street, and then start on the other.
Tips for Young Children:
- For young children, especially those that scare easily, look to see if local malls have trick–or–treating.
- Organize a party for little ones.
- Take little ones out early before it gets dark.
- Go through the treats and then let your child pick a few. Put away the rest and give them some every so often.
Go over the rules with your children and have a fun and safe Halloween!