7 tips to make Halloween safe for kids

7 tips to make Halloween safe for kids

This Halloween, make sure your kids are safe trick or treating.


With the chance to dress up in scary costumes, and lots of tasty nibbles to be had, trick or treating is always fun. But as a parent, you’ll also be aware of the risks – dark streets, visiting unknown people. Luckily, a few simple precautions can ensure kids have plenty of fun while staying safe at the same time.

1. Adult chaperones

Children under twelve should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. If your kids are a little older and don’t like their parents hanging around (don’t take it personally – all kids reach a stage where their parents are deeply embarrassing!), why not wear costumes too? Hanging back a little will also ensure you don’t cramp your children’s style.

2. Know your neighbourhood

Be familiar with the neighbourhood where you’ll be trick-or-treating. Make sure there are houses participating. You can tell by the Halloween decorations, the number of house lights that are on and if there are plenty of trick or treaters already on the streets.

3. Dress visibly

Moving about in the dark in costume adds to the adventure factor. But it’s crucial that kids can be seen, especially by cars. Brightly coloured costumes can help. However, if your children insist on dark fabrics, get them to wear glow-in-the-dark necklaces or sticks. It’s also good to carry a torch, so everyone can see where they’re going in low-light areas.

4. Travel in groups

If you think your child is old enough to trick or treat without an adult, make sure they go with a group of friends. Everyone should stick together the entire time and not get separated.

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5. Keep in adult contact

Kids trick-or-treating in groups need to carry a mobile to keep parents informed of where they are and in case they need help. In advance, parents should determine a rendezvous point if a child gets separated or lost. Always have some way to communicate with your kids and have consistent check-ins. That way you’re available if any trouble should arise.

6. Don’t go in someone’s house you don’t know

This practical tip applies to children in all situations and not just while trick-or-treating. There’s plenty of Halloween fun elsewhere with people you know.

7. Don’t get into cars with strangers

This is another general safety tip that kids must follow. Sometimes, wearing a costume seems to make it easier for kids to do things they normally wouldn’t do, like get in cars with strangers.

Stick to these sensible tips while trick-or-treating. Your kids will have a safe and fun experience while you have peace of mind.

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