Fall events like Halloween are a chance to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. It’s only a little over a week until Halloween night, but I know my girls have been talking about costumes and pumpkins and “treats” all month! This inspired me to share with you some ideas I’ve collected over the last month about how to ensure your little ghosts and goblins, and pirates and princesses have a safe and healthy Halloween night!
Safe Halloween Tips
1. Children under the age of nine should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older child since they lack the developmental skills to cross the street on their own. This is a year-round tip that will help keep your child safe while you share good pedestrian habits and pass on a legacy of safety-minded behaviour.
2. Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and to listen for oncoming traffic. This vital skill is especially important when children are distracted and excited. Never rely on traffic signals alone – use your eyes and ears to make sure it’s safe to cross.
3. Select costumes with bright colours to increase your child’s visibility and choose face paint instead of masks. Masks can make it hard for your child to see properly and often restrict peripheral vision, making it difficult to check for oncoming traffic before crossing a road.
4. Avoid dressing your kids in long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).
4. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
5. Have your children’s full names and phone number attached to their costumes somewhere if they are too young to remember them.
6. Don’t forget to take a flashlight with you.
Jennifer has lived in Kamloops for 20 years and is proud to call it home! She has developed many great friends and connections in the community throughout that time and is passionate about bringing families together in the community and providing resources to them! She is currently a full-time mom to Hayley and Megan. In September, she will return to her full-time job as well! In her (not so) spare time, she likes to hang out with friends and family, go boating, and occasionally do some scrapbooking and writing!