Whether you love it or hate it, Halloween is becoming increasingly popular in WA.
While it’s great fun for kids to get dressed up in their spooky disguises, it’s important they stay aware and safe.
Constable Care has put together 10 safety tips for parents this Halloween to help make sure kids get home safely.
1. Supervision or a Buddy System
No one should ever be alone. Ideally kids should be supervised by parents but if they’re not, make sure older children know to stick together.
2. Make An ID Tag
No one plans to lose their child but it’s good to be prepared for the worst. We recommend attaching a tag or sticker with emergency contact info to the inside of your child’s costume.
3. Mobile Phone
Most people don’t leave the house without it anyway, but make sure it’s fully charged. If your child is going without adults, make sure they have one just in case.
4. Street Safety
Remind your children not to run, use crossings and stay on the footpaths. Children should put all electronic devices down and keep heads up. Even if they’ve been told a million times before, a reminder can’t hurt.
5. Be Visible
Make sure children understand to stay in well-lit areas. Make sure drivers can see them as they’re crossing the street walking from house to house. Torches, reflective or glow-in-the-dark accessories might be good options.
6. Never Go Inside
Make sure children understand they should never enter a house while trick-or-treating, nor go near a car that might stop to offer treats. Children should only visit well- lit houses and those participating in Halloween.
If your child is going with another parent, be sure to tell them if they have a common allergy such as to peanuts or chocolate. Similarly, if your child is very young, remind them of what they’re not allowed to eat.
8. Make A Route
Plan to go to areas you know. You can put a leaflet in neighbours’ letterboxes telling them the time when most children will trick or treat and how to mark their houses if they want to participate.
9. Check Lollies
Don’t let children jump into the sugar rush without checking their lollies first. Make sure everything is sealed and unopened. If it’s opened or homemade, throw it away.
10. Talk To Your Child
Make sure you talk to them about trick-or-treating beforehand and go over these rules.