On October 31, in France too, children start celebrating Halloween because of the costumes and treats. But this party also carries serious security risks. Children are at risk of being hit by a car, burns and cuts are also common on Halloween, not to mention trouble from candy. It is possible to enjoy Halloween safely, especially if parents take care to plan and monitor activities.
- 1 Tips to keep your family safe
- 1.1 Cut safely
- 1.2 Consider Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving
- 1.3 Use candles with care
- 1.4 Get ingenious with costumes
- 1.5 The brighter the better
- 1.6 Choose the right size
- 1.7 Forget the masks
- 1.8 Limit the accessories
- 1.9 Be careful when swapping sweets
- 1.10 Join the party
- 1.11 Set ground rules
- 1.12 Inspect treats before indulging
- 1.13 Ration the loot
- 2 Safety and comfort at home
Tips to keep your family safe
Before decorating your pumpkins, consider these safety rules:
Consider Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving
Decorate them with markers, glitter glue or paint. Let young children draw faces on the pumpkins with art supplies. Give the sculpture to an adult.
Use candles with care
Place candle-lit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candle-lit pumpkins unattended. Better yet, light the pumpkins with flashlights, battery-operated flameless candles, or glow sticks.
Get ingenious with costumes
Careful costume selection is an important part of Halloween safety. Follow these tips:
The brighter the better
Choose bright colors and flame retardant materials. If your child needs to go out after dark, attach reflective tape to their costume or treat bag.
Choose the right size
If it’s cold outside, make sure your child’s costume is loose enough for him to wear warm clothes underneath, but not long enough for him to trip over. Avoid oversized shoes and high heels.
Forget the masks
A mask can obstruct your child’s sight. Use non-toxic makeup instead.
Limit the accessories
Sharp paraphernalia, such as chopsticks, swords, and knives, can pose safety risks.
Be careful when swapping sweets
Before your kids go on a candy hunt, review these safety rules:
Join the party
Accompany children under 12 years old. Put a piece of paper with your child’s name, address, and phone number in their pocket in case you get separated.
Encourage older children to tour with friends, parents or older siblings. Make sure someone in the group has a flashlight with fresh batteries.
Set ground rules
If your child must tour houses without you, plan a familiar route and set a curfew. Review safety rules, including staying with the group, only walking on the sidewalk, only approaching clearly lit houses, and never entering a house or car to get a treat. Ask your child to carry a cell phone.
Inspect treats before indulging
Don’t let your child snack while he is rounding the houses. Feed him a meal before you go out and inspect treats before he eats them. Throw away anything that isn’t sealed, has torn packaging, or looks questionable. If you have young children, eliminate chewing gum, peanuts, hard candies and other choking hazards. If your child has food allergies, check candy labels carefully.
Ration the loot
If your child collects a lot of treats, consider handing out a few pieces at a time. You can ask your child if they’d like to trade some, or all, of their candy for something else, like a toy, book, or outing.
Safety and comfort at home
To prepare to receive treats:
Put away items that can trip children, such as garden hoses, toys, and bicycles. Remove wet leaves or other debris from the sidewalk.
turn on the lights
Replace burned out light bulbs to ensure visibility from the sidewalk and front door.
Control your pets
Don’t risk your pet getting scared and chasing or biting a child on your doorstep.
Consider sugar substitutes
Instead of handing out candy, try stickers, fun crayons, rubber bugs, or colored chalk.
If handing out candy isn’t right for your child, consider having a candy swap with friends or neighbors. You can organize a costume contest without food and provide games and prizes.
And if you’re driving on Halloween, watch out for children crossing the street. Be especially careful when entering or exiting entrances and alleys. Extra caution can help keep everyone safe this Halloween.