Tips for a Safe Halloween Celebration {Giveaway}


Halloween is one of my favourite holidays of the year. I love putting together the kid’s costumes and finding a costume for myself. We go trick-or-treating as a family every year and we have a great time together handing out candy to the neighbourhood trick-or-treaters as well.

But with all of the Halloween excitement it is important not to lose sight of the potential safety concerns that come with celebrating Halloween and going trick-or-treating at night with kids. Below are some tips to help you have a safe Halloween this year: photo IMG_3585_zpsbale7avk.jpg

  • Costume Selection: When selecting this year’s Halloween costumes for your family be sure to pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists in the dark. You can always add reflective tape to the costumes to increase visibility.
  • Light The Way: Another tip is to carry flashlights to ensure that your path is well-lit. We use Duracell batteries in our flashlights because they are made to last and we want to ensure the flashlights are powered when needed.
  • Don’t Go Out Too Late: If you have infants or young toddlers and you want to go out and trick-or-treat or take in the ghoulish sights, don’t be afraid to head out early. Try talking to your neighbours and organizing a special event for wee ones before the real action begins. Also people with the scarier more adult costumes usually come out later at night so it is a good idea to go early to avoid little ones being afraid of the creepy masks and costumes.

  • Avoid Dangerous Décor: Instead of using candles in your jack-o-landers try using a small flashlight or battery powered candle inside. We do that every year and we don’t have to worry about it being a fire hazard.  Using a long lasting battery like a Duracell Coppertop Battery will help keep them powered all night long.

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  • Plan Your Route: The temptation to collect as much candy as possible is understandable, but it is not a good idea. The safest option is to limit trick-or-treating to well-known neighbourhoods and to try to stay close to home if possible.
  • Check The Candy: Don’t allow children to eat the candy while they are trick-or-treating, always have an adult inspect the candy to see if it has been tampered with before allowing the kids to eat any.

Do you have any other safety tips for Halloween? Share your tips below!


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Angela V

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

32 responses to “Tips for a Safe Halloween Celebration {Giveaway}”

  1. We go with my little cousins!

  2. It would be great to win this
    Halloween trick-or-treating safety kit for my niece.
    In response to your question of
    Do you take your children trick-or-treating?
    I don’t have any children but i sometimes take my niece.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  3. No kids yet – but I would!

  4. No just stay home and enjoy giving out treats.

  5. Yes I do take my toddler out . He won’t stay out as long as I would like lol , but it is fun anyway

  6. When my kids were younger yes, I went out with them. Now my kids stay home and hand out candy. My kids were never really into Halloween – they used to only do the street (maybe 50 houses) and they were done. They preferred to go to a Halloween party with their friends.

  7. I am the candy hander outer at home.

  8. Yes we do go trick or treating. It’s so much fun to run into our friends when we are out!

  9. We definitely enjoy trick-or-treating! Great safety tips!

  10. No we I stay home and hand the candy out!

  11. This would be my daughter’s first halloween! I can’t wait to dress her up in her costume and take her out trick or treating. I haven’t gone out trick or treating since I was a young child, so this will bring back many fond memories! 🙂

  12. Of course we go Trick or Treating!

  13. My husband and I switch out each year for who takes the kids and who stays home to hand out candy.

  14. Yes we do.

  15. Yes, my kids go trick or treating.

  16. Yes, my husband and I take our kids trick or treating, usually with the neighbours and their kids. We live on a very short street, that is basically an out-of-the-way cul-de-sac, so really only the kids from our street visit our houses – so we all hit the houses together as a group, give candy out when we get to our respective houses, then we lock up and head to a nearby neighbourhood to continue trick or treating. It’s super fun!

  17. No. We just stay home.

  18. Yes! I love going trick or treating!!

  19. No, my kids go out with a group of friends.

  20. Of course I will be taking kids trick or treating. I love all the creative costumes and the kid’s excitement.

  21. Yes, I still take my youngest daughter out.

  22. yes i always take them, my sister has a little halloween party before, we all go out together as a group its so much fun , i love how excited my kids and granddaughter get 🙂

  23. I took all my kids out trick or treating and now I take my grandchildren out.It’s a fun night to see how excited they get.

  24. Yes we do.

  25. They are older now and disinterested. I miss when they were small

  26. Yes, I take them in our community.

  27. Using reflective tape on little ones costumes is a great idea
    Also the battery candles for pumpkins is great to use especially since there are some that come in different colors

  28. No, I’m usually the one handing out the treats

  29. I love taking my kids Trick-or-treating but this is probably the last year because my youngest is 12yr BUT I have a grandbaby and another on its way!!

  30. I haven’t taken my son out trick-or-treating yet, but my nieces, yes.

  31. I love to take the kids trick or treating, we usually go as a group

  32. Yes I take my children out every year

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