Have A Safe Halloween
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Halloween can be great fun, a time for a party, fun food and of course trick or treating – if the weather is good enough of course!
With any event where little people could get over excited there is always the possibility of accidents. However with a little bit of preparation and planning they can be avoided and everyone can enjoy their Halloween celebrations.
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Here’s how to make sure that your Halloween go with a swing, not a visit to A&E.
Trick or Treating Safety
Children should always go out in a group - if you wouldn't let your kids wander alone around the neighbourhood in the dark any other night of the year, you shouldn't on Halloween either.
- If there are young children in the group they should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Depending on the age of the children, the adult may not need to go right up to front doors with them, but should always stay where they can keep a eye on them.
- Children should never go inside houses when trick or treating. Sad as it is that we have to bring children up to distrust people, the rules are the same on Halloween as any other night.
- Try to include some light colours in Halloween costumes so that you can be seen by drivers. Ghosts are nice and safe, witches - not so safe. If a costume which is head to toe black, perhaps carry a magic wand that lights up, or stick shiny reflective stars onto the costume. If all else fails, carry a torch!
- Make sure that costumes do not drag on the ground causing people to trip over.
- It is best not to let kids carry dangerous props which could hurt someone such as large swords, devils forks etc.
- Masks should always allow the wearer to see well enough to cross the road.
- Do not allow children to eat anything that they have been given until an adult has had a chance to check it. Probably the worst thing that will happen is that your children is given out-of-date sweets by a well meaning soul who didn’t realise that they bought them for Halloween five years ago. However you may decide that it best allow your kids to only eat factory wrapped items rather than home-made goods, unless you know the donor.
If people have posted ‘No Trick Or Treat’ posters respect this and do not knock on their door.
Tricks should always be humorous and in the spirit of fun, such as showing a toy spider or pretending to cast a spell. Throwing flour, eggs or causing damage to property is a criminal offence just the same as it is any other night of the year.
Halloween Party Safety
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- Candles are an integral part of many Halloween decorations, such as in pumpkin and turnip lanterns, so candle safety is vitally important with young children around, especially if you don’t usually have candles around the house.
- Keep anything that uses a lighted candle, such as lanterns or votives out of the reach of children. If you put a lantern in a window, check that curtains are safely out of the way and always ensure all candles are extinguished at the end of the evening.
- If you are having piñatas at your party use a piñata stick to break it open (not a baseball bat), don’t hang your piñata near a light fitting and do not fill it with lollies which can fly out and hit someone in the eye.
Most of all, enjoy your Halloween celebrations. Happy Halloween!
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.