Hidden dangers at Halloween can come in a number of disguises, so it is important for families to take care whether they are staying at home or trick-or-treating in the neighbourhood. Here are some top tips for having a safe and fun Halloween:
Clever costumes – Costumes are an important part of Halloween, but they need to be both spooky and safe. When creating costumes, make sure masks can be clearly seen through and costumes do not trail on the floor. When purchasing Halloween outfits make sure they are purchased from reputable suppliers such as UK supermarkets and are not cheap imports, as these meet higher fire safety standards.
Light up the night – Why not use a torch or glow sticks when trick-or-treating, they can be a fun part of a costume and ensure you are seen in the dark by passers-by.
Be fire safe – You can also use battery powered candles or glow sticks to light up carved pumpkins instead of candles. Remember to tell children to stay away from naked flames and avoid touching pumpkins that are lit up.
Wrap up -When trick-or-treating ensure your child wears warm clothing and comfy shoes, this way their Halloween experience will be comfortable.
Furry friends -Ensure pets are kept indoors and have a safe place to be, avoid having your pets nearby when answering the door to trick-or-treaters, as this may overexcite them and scare children.
Keep paths clear -If you are expecting trick-or-treaters ensure your pathways are well lit and free from debris, creating a safe route to and from your home for little ones.
Sweet treats -Once you are home check your child’s treasure chest of sweets, throw away any sweets that are not in their original wrapper or look like they may have been opened.