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Halloween is a great and exciting time for everyone – from carving pumpkins and watching scary films to trick-or-treating, we want to make sure that you stay safe at all times, but still have fun!
Here are some safety tips for everyone to follow whilst out trick-or-treating with your youngsters;
- Safety in numbers: Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Not only is it safer, it’s more fun that way!
- Look before you eat: Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers; eat only factory-wrapped sweets or treats.
- Light up the night: Use a torch while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you too.
- Look both ways: Be careful crossing the street when going from one house to another, use pedestrian or zebra crossings wherever possible. Stay on the pavement whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Be cautious with strangers: Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept a lift from strangers.
Here are some extra tips for the generous sweet givers out there:
- Do not let an unknown trick-or-treater into your home to use the toilet or make a phone call.
- Leave your lights on during trick-or-treating hours (a dark home usually signals "no sweets")
- Stay warm and stay inside while handing out treats
- If you can’t give out treats yourself, give your neighbour some sweets to pass out on your behalf and leave a note at your door that says, "Treats for this house are being handed out next door."
Whether or not you’re trick-or-treating, it is always fun to dress up! To avoid accidents and wardrobe malfunctions, here are some costume safety tips for everyone:
- Be mindful of dangerous costume accessories like swords and knives, look for options that are short, soft, and flexible
- Apply reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you, especially if your costume is dark / all black
- Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before you go to sleep to prevent possible skin and eye irritation
- Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Please also be mindful of our elderly neighbours amongst us who may be living with dementia and / or Physical limitation. Halloween may hold negative feelings and fear that can contribute to negative behaviour leading up to and on Halloween itself.
- Stranger stress – seniors may feel intimidated by opening the door to numerous strangers
- Being alone – this puts seniors at risk for scary pranks or even a fall or accident
- The dark – seniors may fall, grow confused or get scared.
Here are some Halloween Safety Tips for the Elderly:
- Keep all floors, entry ways and porches free of decorations
- Add night lights to hallways, walkways and rooms, and keep well lit.
- Avoid window decorations that block light or view of front entry.
- Place carved pumpkins outside to keep decaying smell and bugs outside.
- When you have ran out of sweets please feel free to put up this poster.
- If you do not want any trick-or-treaters to approach your property please feel free to place this poster on your door.
Please don’t leave an elderly person living with dementia or physical limitations home alone on Halloween…
- Take them to a community event or a family home, and return them after dusk.
- Send a companion or professional to be with them from 4pm – 10pm or overnight.
- Help them answer the door and hand out sweets if they wish.
- Watch a film or listen to music in another room away from the front door if possible.
- Be prepared; books, albums, crafts, favorite foods, etc. to enjoy and distract.
Halloween may not be a happy time for the elderly living with dementia and it may be a scary time for them. The sounds of a doorbell, knocks or noise outsides their home may make them feel scared and uncomfortable.
We hope that you all have a wonderful time but please be sensitive towards others and stay safe and vigilant at all times.