Make sure younger children (13 and under) are ALWAYS accompanied by a responsible adult when trick or treating.
Find out where and when older (14+) children are trick or treating, who with and when they are expected back home. Ask them for a map of the route they intend to follow.
Make sure older children have charged and credit-loaded mobile phones on them when trick or treating.
Make sure older children trick or treat in groups of 4 or more, certainly NEVER alone.
Make sure all children know never to enter a house of a person not well known to them, even a neighbours.
Make sure children are aware road safety still applies (stop, look, listen), even on holidays! In the USA, children are almost twice as likely to be killed in a road accident on halloween compared to non-holidays.
Try to use reflective clothing for costumes when kids are out after dark so that they are more visable to traffick, and give them a flash-light to take with them. If using a mask, make sure the child can see well when wearing it.
Make sure halloween parties are properly chaperoned, and that transport is arranged.
Make sure kids know to be civil, polite and repectful to other people and their property at all times. Throwing eggs/flour, damaging property and intimidating people is not only unacceptable, but it is also criminal behaviour and could get your child in trouble with police. Make sure your child knows to respect signs that say ‘No trick or treat’ and do not continually knock on doors that are not answered.
Make sure your child is aware of how to stay safe around bonfires/fireworks/sparklers.
Never leave lit candles, jack-o-lanterns near curtains, on sofas or anything else that could catch fire. Always put them on stable, heat-proof surfaces, out of the reach of children. Keep in mind that costumes can be extremely flamable – always use glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns for kids.
Tell kids to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Throw away any that have been opened or tampered with. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.