It’s that time of year again, Halloween is upon us! A night full of spooky costumes, scary décor, and most importantly, memories packed full of fun! Although Halloween is all about the amusement, excitement, laughs and scares, there are some safety precautions that are needed to make it a smooth sailing evening. Keep reading to make sure you’ve got everything covered!
1) Drive Slow & Safe: There will be tons of kids of all ages walking, running, and skipping through the neighborhoods. Please make sure you drive slowly and carefully! Some costumes may be dark and hard to see, so make sure to be extra cautious and always keep your eyes firmly on the road. Parents, if your child’s costume is dark and hard to see, perhaps put reflective tape or stickers on them so that they are more visible to drivers on the road.
2) Safe Porches & Yards: Make sure your porches and walk-ways are cleared of any potential hazards. We are fortunate enough this year to not have any snow (fingers crossed), so you won’t need to worry about the usual shovelling & salting of pathways. However, without any packed down snow, other hazards must be taken into consideration! Any extension cords powering spooky ornaments, make sure they are out of the way or firmly set in place so that nobody can trip on them. Ensure your porch lights are fully functioning, and nice and bright so all Trick-or-Treaters are able to see with ease!
3) Visibility: There is nothing better than seeing all of the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes, but we need to make sure our kids can see too! Before sending them on their way with their siblings or friends, or sending them up to the house to collect their candies, make sure no masks or hoods are covering their eyes while they walk up the pathways and stairs, or crossing the street. If possible, avoid masks all together and use face paint instead!
4) Candy Checks: It’s better to be safe than sorry at all times, especially on Halloween. Before your kids dive into their giant, hard earned bags of candy, have a look through all of them to ensure there is nothing harmful hiding in the midst of the collection.
5) Most important rule of Halloween, have fun! I hope your evenings are full of great costumes, deep laughter, quality family time and joyous memories!
“When black cats prowl, and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!” - Happy Halloween from “Mr Action”