By: Vishal Mehta, B.Pharm, RPh

Whether you’re dressing up as a ghoul, vampire, or werewolf, Halloween safety is just as important for all.

Here are a few tips for parents so that everyone can enjoy a safe and happy Halloween:

  • Choose hypoallergenic makeup instead of a mask. A mask can make it difficult for children to see their surroundings. Don’t forget to remove any makeup before bed.
  • Dress for the weather. Use layers if needed, and water-resistant coverings if it is raining.
  • Ensure that the costumes are light-coloured (easier to see in the dark), fit properly to avoid any tripping, and have your child’s name, address and phone number on it. You also might want to consider adding reflective tape to the front and back of costumes to make it easier for drivers to see your child.
  • Remind your children to not eat any candy until they get home. Especially since gum and hard candy could be a choking hazard for young children.

Some children 10+ years old may feel ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends. Here are some tips you can share with them:

  • Make sure they go with a group of at least three people.
  • Bring a flashlight. Better yet, a cellphone that can also be useful for easy communication with you.
  • Don’t visit homes without proper lighting, and never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Have a conversation about which route your children should follow and insist that they let you know if they want to change the plan.
  • Give your child a curfew.
  • Tell your child to use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road against traffic.
  • Stay on one side of the street before crossing to the other. Do not criss-cross back and forth.
  • If your child has allergies that require an EpiPen, send it with them and let the other children in group know what to do if they need it.

Hopefully these tips will allow you and your kids to have a safe and Happy Halloween!