Burnt Toast Blog
Be Safe This Halloween!
by Carmen Scott
Category: Articles, Information & Tips on Parenting
As a parent the most important aspect of Halloween activities is safety. Recently, I met up with some of my mom friends and asked them what safety tips they insist that their kids follow. Here's what they said...
- Make sure that the costume fits and that it is not too big or too long, and find a creative way to incorporate reflective tape on to the costume or goody bag.
- Double knot all laces so they don't trip.
- Take a flash light and a fully charged cell phone to help stay on track and get them home at the pre-arranged time.
- Take an extra goody bag in case the first bag breaks.
- Plan the route and stick with it. Set boundaries with your children and draw a map outlining the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn't on the route.
- Only go to well lit houses, staying off the lawns, and using the stairs, sidewalks and drive-ways. Stay on the porch and never go inside a house.
- Don't eat anything until you're home.
- Make sure your child is in a group of at least 3 people if there is no adult supervising, and that everyone stays together.
- Don't forget to have some coins by the door for those children who are collecting for Unicef, and make sure that your candy supply includes chips and sugar-free gum for those kids that are dealing with diabetes.
- Be cautious of all animals, even the ones you know. This is a stressful night for animals and even the most docile family pet can turn aggressive.
Instead of trick or treating, why not try something different this year! There are community bonfires, city organized family friendly Halloween parties, and many Recreational Centres have fun Halloween themed swims and skates.
Be safe & Happy Halloween!!