Halloween Safety Blog
Halloween is always an exciting time of year. While you and your children are setting up Halloween decorations, carving out pumpkins, or planning costumes, don’t forget that it is important to stay safe during Halloween in order to have the best possible experience! Below are a few tips that should be considered in order to be safe while trick-or-treating.
- This year, it is especially important to follow the COVID-19 health and safety guides regarding Halloween laid out by the Saskatchewan government. Some of these guidelines include physical distancing and waiting turns when approaching houses, using tools such a tongs to hand out candy from a distance, only distributing store bought wrapped treats, and disinfecting the wrappers with wipes or avoiding holding the candy 72 hours before consuming. Also consider sanitizing hands frequently and wearing a mask while out.
- Make sure that parents look through the candy after trick-or-treating before the child starts eating them. This should be done to check for any blades or sharps in the candy, or to sanitize the wrappers before consuming the treats.
- Dress for the weather! In Saskatchewan especially, it is always on the colder side at Halloween time. Make sure costumes fit over a jacket warm enough for the weather. Also wear gloves, toques, and maybe even winter boots.
- Walk on the sidewalks where possible. Do your best not to criss-cross on the road between two sides of a street, rather stick to one side of the street before moving onto the next.
- Don’t visit houses or neighbourhoods that are not well-lit. When the outside lights are off at a house, it generally means that those people do not want visitors.
- Do not go into stranger’s homes, even if they invite you in. Politely say no thank-you, and wait outside the door for candy or move along to the next house.
- If you have any allergies, make sure to carry an epi-pen with you in case of emergency. This is another reason why you should wait to eat your candy before your parents have had a chance to go through it.
- If you are going trick-or-treating without an adult, make sure you stick with a group of 3 friends or more. Tell your parents the route you plan to take and alert them of any changes in the route. Set a curfew so that the parents know when the children will be home by, and if they’re out past that time then you may need to contact them to make sure they are safe. Having a cell phone for the kids to use is a great way to stay in touch.
- Try to keep costumes light-coloured instead of dark. This will allow car drivers to more easily see the children which will result in safer streets.
- Consider alternate forms of celebrating Halloween and trick-or-treating. Consider celebrating at home with Halloween music or movies and candy as a safe way to enjoy the night.
On behalf of all of us here at Child Find Saskatchewan, we hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!