In the last few years Halloween has looked a little different for all of us, so 31st October 2021 we need to remember to keep ourselves safe from Covid-19, our home protected from burglars and still let our children have a spooktacular time!
Read our Top Ten Security Tips List now to help add extra security to your home.
Make Sure It Fits
Be sure that your child’s costume is not too long for them, walking up and down the street in the dark with a hem that too long is a recipe for disaster.
Make It Glow
A perfect way to jazz up your kid’s costume is to add some glow sticks, bike lights or reflective tape.
Not only does this add some fun to the costume but also makes your child easier to be seen.
Don’t try to wear a face mask underneath your Halloween costume or make an alternative, as these are not protective or safe, instead incorporate your mask as part of your costume by using face paint on the forehead or making a mask out of a breathable Halloween style material.
Masks can also restrict your child’s view; perhaps try opting for face paint instead so they can see clearly.
Do They Have Allergies?
Make sure your child is not allergic to the face paint you want to use, so they don’t have a reaction before they go out. It’s also important to make sure they wash it all off properly before bed.
Is It Flammable?
This one is a biggie. There are lots of candles out on Halloween, and if a cape or flowy costume gets caught on the flame then it can be very serious. Make sure any costume you buy has the CE mark that means its flame-retardant. We also suggest using lights instead of naked flames to light any pumpkins or other decorations.
Trick or Treating
Ensure your children stick to the pavement, cross at dedicated crossings, and never step out into the road from parked cars.
Also make sure you only trick or treat in safe and well-known areas to make sure you stay safe and make sure your young children are accompanied when out trick or treating and not left alone.
Go As a Group
Older children should go out in groups, and the route they take should be approved by an adult and they need to stick to it. Use phones to check in regularly and set a curfew for them to be home by.
No Pumpkin – No Treats
Be aware of those houses that aren’t getting involved in Halloween. Traditionally a house was open to trick or treaters if they had a pumpkin outside, with those wishing not to partake in this often posting a sign in their window or on their door.
Make sure you and your family are being Covid safe when you trick or treat. This can include wearing suitable face masks, respecting social distancing, and using hand sanitiser regularly when knocking on doors.
Whether a burglar is using distraction burglary, or will run past you to try to grab something, make sure your stay safe when you open your door by reading about How to Deal with Doorstep Crime and make sure you have burglary deterrents set up to reduce the risk of them targeting your home.
It’s important to also make sure no children go in other people’s homes – they should always stay on the doorstep!
It’s best to avoid allowing your child to eat homemade treats as you do not know the full ingredients. Check over each of the sweets for anomalies and make sure that all sweets and chocolates are in sealed wrappers.
Also make sure there are no sweets that will set off your child’s allergies, and if you’re not sure, just throw them away. Remember to brush yours and your children’s teeth properly after eating sweets -they are extremely sugary.
When decorating your home inside and out make sure you avoid any major dangers. This includes using battery powered candles instead of having an open flame to minimise the risk of fire, supervising your children when they’re pumpkin carving and avoiding putting any decorations on stairs to avoid the risk of tripping.
Protect Your Home
When planning a Halloween party, make sure you know who you’re inviting so you know who is in your home.
Secure your valuables, hiding them away in a safe or a locked room. That way if any strangers do make their way in your home, it won’t be easy for them to take anything of importance or value.
Although we can have parties again, its still best to be safe. Try to have doors or windows open if the party is inside, to allow for air to flow. Think about how big the party venue is to ensure people can socially distance and it isn’t overcrowded.
Or stick to the new traditions made over Covid. Why not have an online Halloween party that you can invite all your friends and family to. An online spooktacular quiz, movie marathon and best fancy dress competition are all things you can still do safely from your own home.
Visiting a pumpkin patch is a relatively low risk fun Halloween activity for you and the children to enjoy. Remember to wear your mask and sanitise your hands before and after visiting to stay as safe as possible.
Why not order a few pumpkins or root vegetables in with your shopping and hide them around the house as a pumpkin scavenger hunt for the kids (big and small)!
Halloween Donation Box
Food banks are struggling more than ever. Many have had to close down or relocate so finding them is a struggle. Why not get the whole family involved in decorating a box with Halloween spookiness and fill them with tinned and long-life food to donate to your local food bank? Find your local food bank with the Trussell Trust here!
Follow our tips to avoiding Halloween vandalism…
If possible, park any vehicles in a garage or a protected area. Parking your car in a garage or a protected area will help to prevent vandals from egging or damaging your vehicles.
Fit motion-sensing lights to the exterior of your home. Increasing the lighting on the outside of your property will help to deter vandals as they will be more visible to you and your neighbours.
Be friendly. Most people will only prank people that have been unwelcoming, so just make sure you are well stocked up on candy and you shouldn’t have any disgruntled trick or treaters.
Move garden ornaments out of sight, preferably in a locked garage or shed. Popular home insurance claims during this time of year are usually for smashed windows and damage to doors and garden furniture.
If you’re not in the Halloween spirit, there are a few measures you can take to avoid trick or treaters:
Turn off the main lights inside your house and shut the curtains. The majority of trick or treaters will avoid your home simply because they will think you are either asleep or not home.
Put up a sign to explain that you are not welcoming trick or treaters.
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