It’s an opportunity for dads to bag some quality time with their kids, and these tips will keep everyone safe, and supplied with enough sweets for the whole family!
Halloween is the highlight for many families trudging through the autumn from summer holidays to Christmas.
There’s the apple bobbing, the costumes and, most of all, going guising or trick or treating. But for parents up and down the country, their top priority isn’t knocking on as many doors as possible, it’s keeping their children safe throughout the evening. So to make sure that this Halloween is full of treats with not a trick in sight, here’s a handy guide by security systems specialists, Expert Security UK, designed to ensure kids, and parents alike, will have a truly spooktacular – and safe – time.
If your children are under the age of 12, then it’s recommended that you accompany them when trick or treating. This eliminates a lot of safety concerns but it’s still important that they know what to do to stay safe. Remind them to stay close to you at all times if they aren’t holding your hand, and make sure they know what to do if they get lost.
Costumes are the most important part of Halloween, second only to the sweets. But there’s plenty of ways to make sure that their outfit is safe as well as scary. Here’s our tips on common sense costuming…
If you want a photo with the full effect of the costume, do the photoshoot before they leave the house so that they can leave any impractical costume pieces or tricky shoes at home.
If your kids are over the age of 12, then chances are they aren’t going to want to go trick or treating with their parents. That’s ok; independence is good! But it also comes with the extra responsibility of keeping themselves safe.
Make sure they are fully brushed up on their street safe knowledge:
Sit down with your kids before they head out and make sure you both know who will be in the group they’re trick or treating with. Do you know them? Is the group a substantial size? Also work together to map out the route they will be taking, let them know which houses should be avoided, and give them a curfew to be back home.
Whether you’re heading out with your younger children, or your older ones are venturing out on their own, it’s best to start as early as possible. Of course we’re not talking about heading out at midday, but the early bird gets the worm, or the candy in this case.
Start your trick or treating when you still have some light on your side. Not only does this give an added layer of safety for all, but it also means that your little ghouls might be able to get their hands on better sweets!
Let’s face it, your kids are going to want to tuck into their collected treats as soon as they walk through the door. So let’s make sure they’re doing it safely.
Check all their sweets for any signs of tampering before you let them gobble them down. If there are any open packets or rips in bags we’d recommend you throw them out. If they have been given any homemade cakes or treats it’d be safer to throw these out too if you don’t know who made them, as hard as that may be! Keep an eye on sweets that younger children are eating and don’t let them have chewing gum, bubblegum or hard candy, and check the ingredients lists for allergens if anyone in your household has allergies.
It’s not just your own kids that you need to keep safe; it’s also those who visit and knock on your door. Remove anything from the walkway up to your house, your lawn or your drive that could cause them to trip over. Make sure you have your outside porch or security lights switched on to illuminate as much as the area as possible. This is not only good for safety but also makes your house look more welcoming. Keep family pets inside in other room; even if they are friendly and harmless to you, young visitors might be scared or allergic.
Stock up on different kinds of sweets to hand out. Some children have allergies which means that they might leave your house disappointed if you’re only handing out chocolates.