Hailing from the North American belief that passed souls should be remembered and acknowledged (or else, risk having them play a trick on you!), the tradition of trick-or-treating is becoming increasingly popular here in Australia. Although the customary tradition is meant for a little good-natured Halloween fun, it’s important that care is taken when you let your children take to the streets – lolly baskets in tow – as traffic and stranger danger are significant risks.
We’ve put together our safety tips on keeping your children safe this Halloween so they need only worry about treats and not potential dangers or injury.
Whether you’ll be accompanying your kids or not, take the time to plan out their trick-or-treating route so you know where they’re heading. Pre-walking the route together will put your kids at ease too, providing familiarity come October 31st. It’s also a good idea to remind your children of any trusted neighbours they can go to should they feel unsafe around any strangers.
2. Costume Visibility
Brightly coloured and decorated costumes will make your kids more visible at night. As it gets darker, having a light coloured or even reflective costume will make it easier to be seen by drivers. Having kids use glow sticks is a fun idea too!
3. Group Safety
If you’re letting your children trick-or-treat on their own, make sure they have a group of friends together to ensure safety in numbers if a trusted adult isn’t available.
Make sure your children only accept store-wrapped sweets and not homemade treats made by strangers. Food allergies as well as hygiene are important to keep in mind during trick-or-treating.
5. Home video monitoring
While trick-or-treating is meant for some light-hearted fun, sometimes it can go array with cheeky children pranking homes. Video monitoring all year round, but especially at Halloween, will ensure you capture any potential damage from tricks-gone-wrong and can keep an eye on things while you’re safe inside!