Halloween | Costumes| trick or treating

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Halloween Is a fabulous time of the year for children to dress in costumes and have plenty of make-believe fun.

With careful Halloween safety preparation, including supervision, Halloween can be enjoyed safely.

Trick-or-treating is a Halloween custom where children (and adults) in many countries dress-up in costumes and then go from house-to-house, asking for treats stating the phrase "trick or treat".

  • The "treat" is usually some form of sweets or confectionary, although in some culture’s money is given instead.
  • The "trick" refers to a threat, usually idle, to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given, (read more)

Consider these Halloween safety tips  for trick-or-treaters to keep your family safe this spooky season

 

What are the safety rules for trick or treating?

Talk to your children about Halloween sweet safety. Advise them not to eat or accept anything that has no branded wrapping, homemade, unwrapped or torn packaging. All sweets must be brought home so that they can be carefully checked by you before they can be eaten

Halloween Sweets Safety Tips

Talk to your children about Halloween sweet safety, tell them not to eat or accept anything that has no branded wrapping or is homemade, unwrapped or has torn packaging.   All sweets must be bought home so that they can be carefully checked by you before they can be eaten.
   

Halloween Walking Safety Tip

  • Always cross the road where you can be seen, never cross between parked cars.
  • Look right, left and right again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Keep all electronic devices in your pockets when crossing the road. Never use your phone while crossing.
  • Keep your head up and walk; never run across the road.
  • Always make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on pavements or footpaths. Children should walk on direct routes with the least road crossings.

Watch for cars that are turning or reversing

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  • If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well-lit, and trick-or-treat in groups.

Costumes Safety

  • Make sure that the child can be seen. Decorate costumes with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colours.
  • Opt for face paint whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Carry glow sticks or torches to help children see and be seen by drivers.
  • Choose a costume that is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Cautiously on Halloween

  • Be alert and slow down as children are often excited on Halloween, thus, they may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look out for children at junctions and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavier pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier.