Eight Spells to Ensure You Scare up a Fun and Safe HalloweenOctober 18, 2017
The spookiest time of the year is upon us once again! No, not tax season (thankfully). We’re talking about Halloween! Halloween gives us an excuse to watch old horror movies, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, and throw costume parties. Since the Comparasave team wants you to have a fun and safe Halloween celebration, we’ve compiled a list of tips to keep you, your kids, and your home safe from unforeseen Halloween shenanigans.
1. Remind the kids of the road rules
Kids can get easily excited while trick or treating. To minimize risk and maximize candy-collection efficiency, kids should trick-or-treat with an adult and walk along one side of the street first and then the other—no criss-crossing the street. And, when crossing the street (at intersections or crosswalks only) remind them that they have to look both ways first.
2. Give your kids a flashlight, reflective tape, or glow stick
It’s hard for drivers to see pedestrians on any night. On Halloween, those pedestrians can be four foot tall witches in all black clothing. Help drivers by giving your child something bright and easy for anyone to see in the dark. Encourage children to only go to well-lit areas and homes with the front light turned on. Note: Drivers, if you must drive on Halloween, take extra caution.
3. Trick-or-treat in groups
If your child is at that age where they’re embarrassed to be seen trick-or-treating with you, and they’re old enough to go out on their own with friends, make sure they go out in a group of three or more. Trick or treating in groups is not only safer but also means more people to engage in candy trading. It might also be a good idea to give your child a cell phone in case of an emergency.
4. Make sure costumes are safe
If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough for them to see through. If possible, avoid masks completely and stick to the safer face paint. Also avoid long costumes that may trip up your trick-or-treater, choose brightly coloured costumes (or add reflective tape to the costume) and make sure any costume props are easy to carry and are made of soft foam, without hard or sharp edges.
5. Inspect candy before eating
It’s sad it needs to be mentioned, but it’s also important: don’t trust any treats that are not completely wrapped or are homemade. When in doubt, throw it out. If you’re worried about the kids snacking before you can inspect the candy, give them some candy from your home’s stash to take with them to keep in their pocket, separate from what they’ll be collecting.
6. Avoid using real candles in Jack-O’-Lanterns
While having a real lit candle inside your pumpkin may be more classic and authentic, it’s also a potential fire hazard. Flashlights or battery operated candles are just as good and they are less likely to burn the house down or injure party guests or trick-or-treaters.
7. Ensure all combustible decorations are away from hot lights and fire
It’s amazing how quickly tissue paper decorations can burn when near hot lights. Don’t risk it. Keep all decorations away from lights and/or open flames.
8. Try your best to prevent vandalism
Ah, petty vandalism. The “trick” in trick-or-treat is an unfortunate Halloween tradition. While there is no predicting how a mischievous teenager’s brain works, there are a few ways to prevent being a target for vandalism.
- At the end of the night, bring your pumpkin inside the house.
- If you have a garage, park your car inside it overnight to be safe.
- If you are parking on the street or in a driveway, make sure there are no “treats” (i.e. valuables) in plain site.
- Make sure your property is well lit.
- If you can, lock or remove your mailbox temporarily.
Fortunately, vandalism to your home will likely be covered under your home insurance policy, and if your car is vandalized (and you have Comprehensive coverage) you’ll be covered there too—minus the deductible of course. Don’t let the trick be on you though; play it safe and check with your insurance provider to be certain.