The best parts of Halloween are the anticipation throughout the day and the evening full of family and community fun. Kids dress up in adorable costumes and there is a festive chill in the air as everyone gets hopped up on sugar and adrenaline.
The worst part of Halloween is the risk of dark streets and backyards. If you or your kids are planning on hitting the sidewalk in costume (or out) this year, make yourself visible with hardy lightsticks and carry a bright flashlight with you to make sure you’re visible after the sun sets.
8 Tips for Staying Safe
Because Halloween night often boasts increased traffic along suburban streets and an increased trust in pseudo-strangers, it’s best to follow these 8 tips for staying safe:
- Use bright colours for costumes. Or, if the costume must be dark, include reflective tape, tags or buttons.
- Ensure that the costumes are durable, so that everyone survives and enjoys the whole evening!
- Be seen! As mentioned above, take along as many lights as possible! There’s no such thing as being too visible.
- See! As well as being visible, it’s important to make sure that your eyes remain uncovered, so that you can watch out for traffic and keep your wits about you.
- Never enter a stranger’s house. Ever.
- Even if children are older, or are being accompanied, they should know the route and the time they need to be home.
- Consider using walkie-talkies!
- Children should bring candy home before consuming, so that parents can check it over to make sure it’s all safe.
Just like a family meeting is important for emergency planning, so is a family meeting before trick-or-treating to make sure that all children are safe. It’s best to go over all of the potential hazards in your area and plan for as many outcomes as you can think of!
But above all, have fun! Enjoy meeting your neighbours and seeing all the fun, creative costumes the children are no doubt wearing with pride.
Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for Frontier.io