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Keep your Halloween celebrations spooky – but not dangerous

Ahead of the Halloween weekend, we’ve pulled together some of our top tips – from road safety to costume safety – to make sure that your celebrations are one to remember for all the right reasons.

Light the way

Visibility is important all year round but by Halloween it will be getting dark around 5pm so make sure that others can see you and your little ones clearly.

You can do this by:

  • Dressing in light, bright or fluorescent colours
  • Adding reflective tape or stickers to your outfit
  • Carrying or wearing glow sticks
  • Carrying a torch

Top tip: Halloween masks can also make it harder for children to see or hear traffic, so if it’s a key part of their costume, use face paint for trick or treating and save the special masks for the Halloween party. Face coverings can still be worn and are encouraged for older children.

 

Plan your route for the perfect trick or treat

Children under the age of 12 should always be under adult supervision when trick or treating but if kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas or agree a pre-planned route that’s well lit and encourage them to stick in groups.

Top tip: Encourage children to save their treats until they get home…not just so you can have some too but to avoid choking hazards when walking and so hands can be washed first.

 

Keep clean and sanitise

Wash your hands regularly – both before and after trick or treating and take hand sanitiser with you.

Whether you are attending a Halloween party or going trick or treating, continue regular testing and take a COVID-19 test beforehand to help keep yourself and others safe.

 

Decorations

Whether outside or inside, pumpkins are a tradition around this time of year. To decorate your pumpkin, drawing or stickers can also be used as well as the more traditional carving. For pumpkin carving, adults should use knives or opt for a carving kit that is smaller and less sharp for children to use with supervision.

If you do carve your pumpkin, keep candles and lit pumpkins out of the path of trick or treaters, and give them space to socially distance, and away from surfaces that could burn (including other Halloween decorations).

Top tip: Switch to LED or battery-powered candles – just check the battery compartment to make sure it is secure so that children can’t get hold of them.

 

Teach children to Stop, Drop and Roll

Encourage children to layer up as wearing clothing underneath the costume, whether trick or treating or at a Halloween party, acts as a layer of protection between the costume and their skin should their costume catch on fire.

Practice stopping, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands, and rolling over a few times which would put out the flames, should an accident happen.

In an emergency, always call 999.

For more costume safety tips, click here.

 

For more information on making your Halloween a safe one, visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website and check out the advice from Merseyside Police and Fire and Rescue service